Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
150 B.C.–A.D. 10
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 145; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).
11.1 cm (4 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The boxing dwarf wears a cap and, on his hands, cesti. The left side and top of his head are damaged. There is a hole in the latter, as if it served as an attachment or support (for a candelabrum?); the lead filling and the fact that he balances on his phallos contribute to this suggestion. Even green patina.
By date unknown: Bardini Collection (sold in London, 1899); 1899: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from the Bardini sale; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910
Gift of Edward Perry Warren