Bronze finial for a litter or chariot pole, in the form of forepart of boar

Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 670; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Length: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The boar is shown as if running, with his forelegs extended. As the functional protome of a vehicle, this boar was probably an owner’s symbol, perhaps a Roman family badge. Hollow cast. Dark brown patina, with encrustation scaled away.
Perhaps a finial from the pole of a chariot or wagon.


Vladimir Simkhovitch (b. 1874 - d. 1959), New York [see note]. 1960, John J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York; 1960, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 1960)

NOTE: According to the donor at the time of the gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman