Statuette of a shepherd carrying a sheep

Roman Provincial
Late Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

38.1 cm (15 in.)

Accession Number

1988.463

Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Scientific Analysis:
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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Jerome M. and Alan J. Eisenberg