Fragment of a frieze: a man, perhaps wounded
about 2nd century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 297; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).
Height (max.) x width (max.): 25 x 18 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, probably from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens
Not On View
The fragment is broken on all edges. The background, roughly finished in a considerable area, is about 3.5 cm thick; the figure’s chest sticks out from this another 6 cm Traces of cement indicate the fragment was used as building material. The sculptured surfaces are somewhat damaged, and now quite clean.
The man is nude and of powerful physique. His right arm was raised, as if he were leaning on a spear or similar object. The left arm was drawn across the lap and could have been covering a wound on the right thigh. Outlining with a running drill and drill points in the areas between left arm and leg suggests a date in the second century A.D. This fragment is work of considerable quality in the best sense of routine decorative sculpture. It would seem to come from an architectural frieze rather than a sarcophagus in high relief, such as, for example, the Attic-Asiatic Hippolytos sarcophagus in Istanbul.
University of South Florida Lab No. 8416: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.7 / delta18O -6.7,
Attribution - Mt. Pentelikon. Justification - C and O isotopes, fine grain
Presumabley from Athens, mainland Greece, or the islands.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson