Zeus (or Homer)

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
about 440 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 184; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 10.3 cm (4 1/16 in.); max. height including tangs: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Zeus (or Homer ) wears a long garment (himation?) about his waist and most of his legs. It is wrapped around the left shoulder and left arm, falling down the back behind the former. He also wears a fillet in his hair. A sharply-cut face with almond-shaped eyes, straight nose, and a long upper lip characterize the statuette. Right hand and forearm missing, also object held in left hand. Patina is light brown and green, encrusted. Part of original lead base still attached to curved tangs at feet.


By 1961: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medallien auction 22, May 13, 1961, lot 76) ; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., May 12, 1965

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund