Statuette of hippocamp (mythical creature)
about 520–500 B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 391; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).
Height x depth: 56 x 65 cm (22 1/16 x 25 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The creature has a double mane, side fins, and a fin behind the lower part of his body. Set on his rectangular plinth, he was meant to be seen from his right side. Much of the head, the protruding forelegs, and the tail are missing. The plinth and the surfaces of the body have been damaged, the former more than the latter.
By 1962: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to come from Vulci); gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA, September 19, 1962
Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in memory of Robert E. Hecht, Sr. and Julia K. Hecht