Lower body of a youth

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 164-165.


Height x width x depth: 82.6 x 45.7 x 38.1 cm (32 1/2 x 18 x 15 in.)

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On View

Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)


Europe, The Ancient World



The young man, whose pubic hair is rendered in two tiers of softly curving, striated locks (three above and two below) carried his weight on his left leg with the right leg placed diagonally at his side. A pronounced indentation of the curving spine accentuates the back of the figure.

Condition: The figure is preserved from the waist to the right knee and the left upper thigh. Clean break along the torso indicating the separation of the statue along the join. Jagged break runs along the right knee, and a cleaner break runs along the top of the left thigh suggesting the presence of another join in this area. Covered in a dark gray patina with brown accretions. Numerous repair patches hid casting flaws and other holes.

This youth stands in the contrapposto (counterbalanced) pose, his weight resting on the right leg and his left leg advanced. The slender proportions and soft modeling are characteristic of an adolescent male body, not yet fully developed.


By date unknown: Melvin N. Blake and Frank M. Purnell Collection; gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to MFA, January 22, 2003

Credit Line

Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection