Seated nude youth

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 190.


Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The seated nude youth is a grotesque. His knees are drawn up, and one hand rests on each. He is asleep, his head resting on his right knee. The surfaces are worn and have marks from use as a handle of a lid. Deep greenish brown patina, with light green corrosion in spots.


By 1869: William Henry Forman (b. 1794 - d. 1869), Pippbrook House, Surrey, England; by descent to his nephew, A. H. Browne, Callaly Castle, Northumberland; 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, 1900, lot 575, partial); by 1910: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution