Warrior

Greek
Classical Period
about 440 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 041; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 17 x 6.5 x 6 cm (6 11/16 x 2 9/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7507

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Inscription

ΑΓΑΑΓΙΟ (?)

M. Comstock and C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1971), p. 41, no. 41

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution