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Bronze finial for a litter or chariot pole, in the form of forepart of boar

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The boar is shown as if running, with his forelegs extended. As the functional protome of a vehicle, this boar was probably an owner's symbol, perhaps a Roman family badge. Hollow cast. Dark brown patina, with encrustation scaled away. Perhaps a finial from the pole of a chariot or wagon.


Before 1960: Prof. Vladimir Simkhovitch Collection; by 1960: Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman to MFA, November 9, 1960

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 670; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Length: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Transportation