Statuette of a shepherd carrying a sheep
Late Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.
38.1 cm (15 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble probably from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul
Not On View
A young shepherd wearing a short tunic, boots, and a curious heavy hat, with flaps held up by a rope. The original base- a cluster of acanthus- is in one piece with the figure. This is set in a modern base. The figure is in two pieces, divided at the overfold of the tunic. The top piece rests easily on the bottom, joined by an iron pin. He carries a small sheep on his shoulders.
Probably from Asia Minor.
Harvard Lab No. HI252: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.89 / delta18O -2.02, Attribution - Probably Prokonnesos, Justification - Coarse grained marble.
(BASE)Harvard Lab No. HI253: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.12 / delta18O -2.67, Attribution - Probably Prokonnesos, Justification - Coarse grained marble.
By 1987: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6QT (auction, December 11, 1987, lot 45); purchased at the Christie's auction by Jerome M. and Alan J. Eisenberg; gift of Jerome M. and Alan J. Eisenberg to MFA, October 26, 1988
Gift of Jerome M. and Alan J. Eisenberg