Statuette of hippocamp (mythical creature)

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 520–500 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 391; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x depth: 56 x 65 cm (22 1/16 x 25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

62.793

Medium or Technique

Nenfro

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The creature has a double mane, side fins, and a fin behind the lower part of his body. Set on his rectangular plinth, he was meant to be seen from his right side. Much of the head, the protruding forelegs, and the tail are missing. The plinth and the surfaces of the body have been damaged, the former more than the latter.

Provenance

By 1962: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to come from Vulci); gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA, September 19, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in memory of Robert E. Hecht, Sr. and Julia K. Hecht