Statuette of three sleeping children

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 085; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

10.170

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The three sleeping children, in short tunics, are huddled closely together. The similar ages and appearances of the children suggest that they may be triplets. Their hair is slightly indicated. Even green patina.

Multiple births that survived were far less frequent in antiquity and seem to have been well received for the most part.

Provenance

By 1910: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: This piece was bought in Sicily and was found there probably.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution