Figurine of man and woman in oxcart
Early Archaic Period
about 600 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 016; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references).
Overall: 6.3 x 10.7 cm (2 1/2 x 4 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Group in two parts. 1) A man and woman are seated in a cart. His left arm is extended toward the heavily yoked oxen; her left arm appears to be behind her back; his right forearm is missing. 2) The cart has a right sideboard and an axle. Shaft broken and repaired. Dark green patina, with some light green corrosion and earth encrustation.
1864?: said to have been found in Çesme, near Smyrna and probably part of a group now in the British Museum found in 1864 (see article by D. E. L. Haynes in Journal of Hellenic Studies 72, 1952, pp. 79–80, with references to man and woman in cart in the original group but not in the British Museum collection [Sotheby auction of H. P. Borrell Collection, August 26, 1852, lot 1541: purchased by Purnell; Sotheby auction of Purnell B. Purnell Collection of Stancombe Park, Gloucestershire, May 8, 1872, lot 628: purchased by Schmidt, whom D. E. L. Haynes could not trace]); by date unknown: with Carlebach Gallery, 937 Third Avenue, New York); purchased by MFA from Carlebach Gallery, September 18, 1958, for $ 900.00
John Michael Rodocanachi Fund