About this artwork
Representations of children were popular in both public and private art during the Roman imperial period. It is uncertain whether this statue is a portrait of a specific child or was inspired by a basic type that had originated among the Greeks several centuries earlier. The boy, who has a head of curly hair, rounded cheeks, and a pudgy belly, gazes downward and to the side. It is possible that he is admiring a pet at his feet, as Roman statues of children frequently depict them with companion animals such as geese, doves, and puppies.
- Ancient Roman
- Statue of a Young Boy
- 1 CE–100 CE
- 58 × 24.5 × 18.9 cm (22 7/8 × 9 5/8 × 7 1/2 in.)
- Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund