Torso, perhaps Herakles

after a type of 475–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 138.


Height: 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, fine-grained, Greek mainland (?)

Not On View


The Ancient World



What remains has been mostly broken away irregularly about the shoulders and to a line just below the nipples. The break across the thighs extends almost to the groin. The surfaces are worn and affected by the elements or by burial; otherwise they are in reasonably good condition.
The Graeco-Roman work, a figure of a heavy, muscular type, reflects the style of the second quarter of the fifth century B.C. It stood with the weight carried slightly more by the left leg than the right. The right arm hung at the side; the left was drawn back and bent at the elbow. In profile view the back is drawn in at the waist in an exaggerated manner, and the buttocks are very prominent.


1889: purchased in Rome by Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, November 14, 1892

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren