Hunter with dog

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
about A.D. 220–240

Place of Manufacture: Turkey, Phrygia or Caria

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 027.


Height x width: 46 x 23 cm (18 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Dokimeion (modern Afyon) in west-central Asia Minor

Not On View


The Ancient World



Nude hunter sits on rock next to tree trunk, hunting club in left hand, knob on ground, looks to right at dog straining upward at object man dangles over his head (rabbit?). Dog on hind legs stands on body of dead boar.
Right side of base, man’s right arm, part of chin, right foot broken off. Dog’s head, neck, right front leg, left front leg, tail, part of right leg missing. Oil stains on otherwise excellent surface, high polish in places; some marks of sea worms.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI265: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.34 / delta18O -4.51, Attribution - Dokimeion, Justification - Fine grained marble.


By 1979: with McAlpine Ancient Art, 60 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1; by 1980: with Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., 1334 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 (Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., auction, December 11, 1980, lot 156) (said by Richard Keresey to have been consigned by a London dealer); 1981: with Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc. (Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., Auction, December 9, 1981, lot 235); by 1984: with McAlpine Ancient Art, 60 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1 (said to have been found in the sea); purchased by MFA from McAlpine Ancient Art, May 9, 1984

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund