Statue of a Young Boy

A work made of marble.
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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

1st century AD

Artist:

Roman

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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 152

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Statue of a Young Boy

Origin

Italy

Date

1 AD–100 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1976.426

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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