Pair of figures, probably Zeus and Hera

Greek
Geometric Period
about 750–700 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 002; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

63.2755

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The two figures are cast together with a small base to form a single votive offering. Although their identity is in question, they may represent divinities, possibly Hera and Zeus. The male figure wears a heavy belt and long, pointed cap, and the female sports a domed, brimmed hat. Dark green patina.The costumes and the “amusing stop-sign hand” are characteristics of early bronze figurines from the sanctuary at Olympia.

Provenance

Date unknown in the 19th century: acquired in the nineteenth century by Mr. Hastings' grandfather, possibly from Olympia; by date unknown: Leslie Hastings, Esq. Collection; 1958: loaned by Leslie Hastings to MFA; year-end gift of Leslie Hastings to MFA, December 31, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Leslie Hastings, Esq.