Statuette of the Emperor Constantine
Late Imperial Period, Constantinian
about A.D. 306
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 177; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).
Height: 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Constantine is represented in the guise of an officer in the legions. He wears an animal’s skin (pinned as a cloak on one shoulder) above the imperial diadem, a simple cuirass with cingulum, tunic below, and boots. There is a tang between the feet. Right arm and left hand broken off. Green patina.
The emperor wears armor and a cloak made of an animal’s skin to symbolize his heroic leadership and prowess.
By 1962: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Collection (said to have come from Gaul); year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, December 31, 1962
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rowland, Jr.