Italic, perhaps Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 193.


Height: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The bronze warrior is from the lid of a cista or the top of a decorative candelabrum, and depicts a heavy- infantryman of the Hellenistic period. He wears a round helmet which has lost its crest, a composite corselet (body armor) with large shoulder doublings and a double row of pterges at the waist, and greaves from above the knees to the ankles. He held the spear vertically in the raised right hand, and a short sword and small (reduced scale) round shield appear in his left hand. The spear held in the right hand is missing. Dark green patina with some spots of corrosion in light green.


By date unknown: Horace L. Mayer Collection (acquired in Florence); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 11, 1958

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer