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Figure of a seated African youth

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Highly polished statuette in the shape of a squatting black youth that served as a lid for a box, possibly a child's toy. The youth has distinctive ethnic features, tightly curled hair in rows radiate from the top of his head, a broad nose, and thick lips. The eyes are especially deep with...

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By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Forman Sale Pt. II); 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren (Although the piece was published in Sculpture in Stone as found at Corinth, this provenance does not appear in Warren's records and seems likely to be incorrect. MBC)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek or Roman, Hellenistic or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 112; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 169.


Height (with plinth): 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Black steatite


The Ancient World