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Statuette of an African boy orator

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The figure's head is bent somewhat forward, as if nodding in the urgency of an important speech. He wears an ample himation, wrapped around his body and over his clenched left fist. The surfaces are delicately finished, with the fleecy hair, the face and the bent legs of the subject being...

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By 1763-1764: said to have been found at Chalon-sur-Saône in an oak chest containing eighteen master bronzes and acquired by the Comte de Caylus; 1765: bequeathed with five others to the Duc de Caylus in 1765 and acquired from his descendant; by date unknown: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York 21; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, January 8, 1959, for $ 800.00

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, about 150–50 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 082; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).


Height: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World