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
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman
Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.
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.)
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