Bronze genius of the family

Early Imperial Period
mid-late 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 174A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 16.3 cm (6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Right arm and hand cast separately, left hand with scroll also. Left foot and all but small finger on right hand missing or damaged. Crack in casting across the back from left shoulder to right side. Seam or split alongside the heavy vertical fall of the toga down the left side of the back. Dark, deep olive patina. Hard white clay or plaster core remains within.
The Genius is dressed for a sacrifice, covering his head with his toga and carrying a scroll with ritual instructions.


By 1967: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased from Mathias Komor by Dr. and Mrs. Freddy Homburger; year-end gift of Dr. and Mrs. Freddy Homburger to MFA, December 12, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Freddy Homburger