Carian Zeus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period, perhaps Antonine

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Caria

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 124; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).


Height: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The bearded god has his hair done up in a knot behind. His pectoral and apron are represented only in front; at the back, his chiton flows from the shoulders to well below the ankles and feet in five large folds with deep grooves in between. His sandaled feet protrude from beneath the chiton below the apron in front. The base is in the form of a small, round plinth, and the attributes, fitted separately in the hands, are now missing. Light green patina with an earth encrustation. The ridges of drapery on the back have been cleaned with a wire brush.


1967, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 28, 1967)

NOTE: Said at the time of acquisition to come from a British collection.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund