Statuette of three sleeping children
Late Hellenistic Period
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 085; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).
Height: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The three sleeping children, in short tunics, are huddled closely together. The similar ages and appearances of the children suggest that they may be triplets. Their hair is slightly indicated. Even green patina.
Multiple births that survived were far less frequent in antiquity and seem to have been well received for the most part.
By 1910: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: This piece was bought in Sicily and was found there probably.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)
Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution