One of a pair of supports for a footstool

Imperial Period
about A.D. 100–250

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 663; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Height x depth: 10 x 7.5 cm (3 15/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



A half-figure of a youth with long, curly locks springs from an acanthus bud on a small, rectangular plinth. He is clad in a full himation, with a large brooch on the left shoulder. Hands and arms are hidden beneath the drapery, which forms large zigzags in front and is completely smooth in back. There are remains of lead filling in the hollow bottom of the piece, as if it had been set on a rectangular rod or a plate. Irregular green and brown patina, with remains of earth on the surface.


By date unknown: Charles S. Lipson Collection (said to be from Alexandria in Egypt); gift of Charles S. Lipson to MFA, April 12, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of Charles S. Lipson