Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 172; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).
Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The bear is raised on her hind legs and bending forward, a stick between her teeth. Even green patina. A hole in the upper back suggests a harness or loop was attached in another metal.
By date unknown: perhaps from Egypt; by 1967: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York 10021; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, May 10, 1967
Samuel Putnam Avery Fund