Youth

Greek
Classical Period
about 460 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 050; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

96.709

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

An attachment (finial) for a candelabrum? The youth is standing on a small plinth, leaning cross-legged on a thin club, and wearing a chlamys. His right hand held something, perhaps a phiale. There is a fillet in the hair, and the locks falling over the forehead recall the Blond Boy from the Acropolis. A certain linear quality in the arrangement of the folds of the drapery also suggests the late Archaic to early Transitional periods (about 480 B.C.), but treatment of the muscles seems advanced by at least a generation. So does the line of the profile, seen in side view. Brown patina with greenish corrosion.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund