Statuette of hippocamp (mythical creature)

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 520–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in memory of Robert E. Hecht, Sr. and Julia K. Hecht