about 440 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 041; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).
Overall: 17 x 6.5 x 6 cm (6 11/16 x 2 9/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
This bronze statue of a young military figure wears a Corinthian helmet at the top of the head but is otherwise nude. It is missing several separately-joined bronze accessories, however. The shape of the right hand and a bent bronze pin (like a hook) here indicate that a weapon (perhaps a sword) was originalley held. A rivet in the left elbow suggests a shield was carried on this arm, and two holes and a pin in the helmet were for the attachment of a lost crest. There are traces of letters on the proper right side of the helmet–writing cut directly into the body or clothing of Greek figures is exceedingly rare after 460 BC.
Dark green patina. Left arm broken at forearm.
M. Comstock and C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1971), p. 41, no. 41
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution