Right foot wearing a boot

Greek or Roman
Hellenistic or Imperial Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 152; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height x length: 14.1 x 23.4 cm (5 9/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Greek & Roman Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 211)


The Ancient World



The right foot wears a boot that is laced down the front of the foot and ends at a band above the toes. The exposed toes grasp onto a thong. The shoe is decorated with spiraling tendrils along the sides, a wave pattern above the heel, and rows of arches on both sides of the laces.

Condition: jagged break running along the top of the foot above the ankle. A hole penetrates the right side of the ankle. Green patina with patches of red. The back of the foot and inside of the instep are missing.

Right foot wearing a boot
Greek or Roman, Hellenistic or Imperial Period

This type of ornamental boot with open toes was popular in the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods and could be worn by heroes, deities, and rulers.

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, 1901 01.7509


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Florence.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution