Plaque with incised figural decoration

Roman
Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.) x 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1997.166

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Rectangular plaque broken on two sides and missing one corner. Pierced hole in upper right corner. A nude male strides to the left amid spiraling tendrils. He grasps the vines with his raised right hand and his lowered left hand. Bottom edge decorated with wave pattern: left edge decorated with dotted zigzig. Background behind figure and tendrils has tin overleaf.

Provenance

Said to come from Bulgaria. 1955, said to have been acquired from Sir Charles Ponsonby, 1st Bt. (b. 1879 - d. 1976) by Robert E. Hecht, Jr., Paris; 1997, gift of Robert Hecht to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 1997)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift