Reclining river god


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 211.


18.5 x 30.5 cm (7 5/16 x 12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara in northwest Italy

Not On View


The Ancient World



The back of the figure was rather roughly worked. The areas and details which are preserved have been considerably damaged and worn. The urn was pierced through to the back, making the small statue a fountain figure to be seen in or against a niche.
The river-god reclines on his left side and holds a cornucopia in his left hand, above an overturned urn. A child or Amorino mounts his forearm and grasps the cornucopia. The quality of the drilling suggests that the statue was work of the second or third centuries A.D.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI765: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.02 / delta18O -1.81, Attribution - Carrara, Justification - Fine grained marble.


By date unknown: Charles C. Perkins Collection (presumably from Rome); gift of Charles C. Perkins to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins