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Dwarf Boxing

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The boxing dwarf wears a cap and, on his hands, cesti. The left side and top of his head are damaged. There is a hole in the latter, as if it served as an attachment or support (for a candelabrum?); the lead filling and the fact that he balances on his phallos contribute to this suggestion. Even...

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By date unknown: Bardini Collection (sold in London, 1899); 1899: purchased by Edward Perry Warren from the Bardini sale; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

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Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period, 150 B.C.–A.D. 10

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 145; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


11.1 cm (4 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World