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Male torso (Mercury?)

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The large-scale male torso bears the weight of the body on the left leg; the right hip swings outwards. As a result of this contrapposto stance, the left hip, left buttock and right shoulder are slightly lowered and the spinal column curves in an S-shape to the right. Condition: Breaks along...

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By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome: but stated to be from Venice, & the owner had just come from Venice. His supplies come from that district very often.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st half of the 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 142; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 164-165.


Overall: 120 x 58 x 30 cm (47 1/4 x 22 13/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mount Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World