Pantheistic divinity on couch

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
about A.D. 150–250


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 118; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 10.2 x 8.2 x 13.7 cm (4 x 3 1/4 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

65.100

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Wearing Phrygian cap, chiton, and ample himation, the female reclines on a bed with turned legs and a heavy pillow and nurses a child. She is surrounded by a frog, a double flute(?), a castanet (?), a thunderbolt, a caduceus, a cantharus, a fish, seven small cups, a snake, a lizard, a turtle, and several other puzzling objects.
The woman appears to be a mother-goddess in Asiatic costume (Phrygian cap). She is surrounded by the attributes of Dionysos (wine cup), Zeus (thunderbolt) and Hermes (kerykeion). The seven cups may symbolize the days of the week.

Probably from Alexandria.

Provenance

Possibly from Alexandria, Egypt. By 1964, sold by a collector-dealer to J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York [see note]; 1965, sold by Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 10, 1965)

NOTE: According to Klejman at the time of the sale, he had acquired this many years earlier from a collector-dealer along with some other Italian objects.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund