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Sow at bay

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The sow is about to crouch backwards, as if to spring. The mouth is open, and the tongue and upper teeth show. The eyes are inlaid in silver, and the fur or bristles are carefully cast and chasened. Green and brown patina. Encrusted.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to the acquisition recommendation: said to be from the Beirut and London Art Markets); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 8, 1964

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 092; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).


Height x length: 10 x 19 cm (3 15/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze with silver


The Ancient World