Relief with cuirassed male figure

Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 087.


Height x depth: 18 x 5 cm (7 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline island (?)

Not On View


The Ancient World



The left side of a comparable fourth century relief from the Acropolis in Athens, and attendant, Athena Parthenos and a votary, shows a figure that gives the pose and potential setting seen here.
The relief is broken on all edges. Part of the original rough surface appears to remain on the back, which would be 2.3 cm thick. The surfaces are clean. The warrior’s right arm was raised, and the left, which is preserved to and includes the hand, appears to have rested on a large shield. A natural temptation to assign the carving to the fourth century B.C. is mitigated by the evidences of running drill, a groove, along the right leg, leading to a drilled-out point just below the skirts. These are otherwise generally the signatures of late Hellenistic, early imperial or Neo-Attic sculpture.


From Athens, the Greek mainland, or the Aegean islands (?).

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson