Sow at bay

Greek or Roman
Hellenistic or Imperial Period
2nd century B.C.–1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 092; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).


Height x length: 10 x 19 cm (3 15/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze with silver

Not On View


The Ancient World



The sow is about to crouch backwards, as if to spring. The mouth is open, and the tongue and upper teeth show. The eyes are inlaid in silver, and the fur or bristles are carefully cast and chasened. Nipples underneath the barrel-shaped belly confirm its gender and hint at fertility. Green and brown patina. Encrusted.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to the acquisition recommendation: said to be from the Beirut and London Art Markets); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 8, 1964

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund