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Statue of a Young Boy

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.


1st century



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.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Statue of a Young Boy


Italy (Object made in)

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1 CE–100 CE




58 × 24.5 × 18.9 cm (22 7/8 × 9 5/8 × 7 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

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