Votive Relief to the Dioskouroi

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
1st or 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 038.


42 x 44 cm (16 9/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone, marble from western Asia Minor

Not On View


The Ancient World



Condition: The relief is in virtually perfect state, with only slight wear and a yellowish patina, light in shade, to the marble.
Votive relief in the form of a temple-front with an eagle in the pediment and akroteria above. Helen flanked by the cuirassed Dioskouroi, their horses held in their inner hands and their parazonia in those closest to the pilasters. Inscription across horizontal frames; dedicated by L. Velius Fronto.

Inscribed; “Lucius Velius Fronto (dedicated this) to the Dioscuri” (in fulfillment of a vow).


By date unknown: said to be of Anatolian provenance, from a shrine in Pisidia, according to Louis Robert; by 1972: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London W. 1 (sale, July 10, 1972, lot 99); by 1973: loaned to MFA by Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule (153.1973); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, November 17, 1993

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule