Cloaked body

Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 176; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 152 cm (59 13/16 in.)

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On View

Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)


The Ancient World



Right side of a male body and half of the back, clad in a cloak (a himation or mantle) or toga. A bent upper right arm and elbow, and a bent right leg and knee are visible underneath the drapery, which wraps around the body in large folds.

Condition: Jagged breaks run along the sides. Covered in a green and brown patina. A horizontal line along the waist shows where two separate sections of the bronze fragment were joined together. Numerous rectangular repair patches are visible on the exterior surface as are several holes on the upper torso. Gashes are present on the upper right shoulder, upper arm, elbow, and along the back.

This man wears a garment derived from the Greek himation (mantle), his right arm contained within the fabric and held in an “arm sling.” This manner of dress became popular at Rome in the first century B.C. but remained in fashion for centuries, especially in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London. I was assured it was found not very far from Reggio at a place. Casanuovo.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution