Seated philosopher (Anaximander)

Greek or Roman
Late Hellenistic or Imperial Period
about 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



A bald, bearded male figure, dressed in a himation with one breast exposed, seated upon a klismos, with one hand held to his head, which is turned away in philosophical contemplation.


Before 1967: Dr. H. C. Athos Moretti Collection, Bellinzona, Switzerland; by 1985: Rainer Goetze Collection, Pforzheim, Germany and Calodyne, Mauritius; 2008: purchased from Rainer Goetze by Dr. Jerome M. Eisenberg, Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, New York 10022; 2009: gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, June 17, 2009

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg in memory of
Cornelius C. Vermeule III