Votive boat

Sardinian
Archaic Period
675–650 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 115.

Dimensions

Height x length: 8.5 x 16.5 cm (3 3/8 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1976.67

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The “figurehead” of this “votive boat” takes the form of a long-horned animal, perhaps a bovine (a wild beast?). The longboat has a relief fillet for the gunwale. A broad band runs from side to side near (forward of) the middle, and a loop, facing fore and aft, has been cast on the top of this curve for suspension. Tips of both horns are broken off. The ears are also damaged. Very dark green-black patina, with earth inside.

Provenance

By 1974: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York 10021; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, February 11, 1976

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund