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Boy orator

A boy orator stands with his right foot advanced, his body wrapped in a himation, his head sunk on his breast. His hair is short in front and is plaited behind in a sort of short pigtail. Dark patina, even and almost black.


By 1885: perhaps Gréau Collection; by 1897: Sir Ch. Robinson Collection; 1902: with E. P. Warren (purchased from a London collector [Sir Charles Robinson?]); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd–2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 080; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

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The Ancient World