Figure of herdsman carrying a goat

Late Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 078.


Height: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The figure is a comic peasant caring for an animal or bringing it to a sanctuary as a gift. The man has bald head, protruding ears, full beard; dressed in a knee-length tunic and full mantle; shoes with little cuffs. Over the man’s neck and shoulders, a goat is draped, the legs clutched in the man’s hads. Goat’s beard is attached to its body by a thin tab.
Incised decoration and folds on the tunic; on edge of tunic and mantle folds, grooves indicate figure may have had applied or inset decoration.


By 1983: Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Ariadne Galleries, Inc., November 9, 1983

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund