Votary, probably a priest of Diana

Roman or Italic
Late Republican Period
about 50 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 155; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 20.1 cm (7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The bronze figure is moving forward with right foot; the extended right hand holds a patera (shallow sacrificial bowl ), and there is a small, flat object (an incense jar?) in the left hand. A toga is draped around the lower body and over the left shoulder. He wears a large floral headdress. Even dark brown patina.


Possibly part of a group of bronzes excavated in the nineteenth century from Lake Nemi and, by 1908, with Spink and Son, Ltd., London [see note]. 1959, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to the MFA for $850. (Accession Date: January 8, 1959)

NOTE: According to the dealer at the time of the sale, this came from the ruins of Caligula's barge at Lake Nemi. It was also said to have been on the London and New York art markets.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund