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Votary, probably a priest of Diana

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The bronze figure is moving forward with right foot; the extended right hand holds a patera (shallow sacrificial bowl ), and there is a small, flat object (an incense jar?) in the left hand. A toga is draped around the lower body and over the left shoulder. He wears a large floral headdress....

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Said to have been from a group of bronzes dredged up from Lake Nemi (said to be from the shrine of Diana at Nemi, and to have been found in the ruins of Caligula's barge); by 1908: perhaps part of the group of bronzes from Lake Nemi with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; by date unknown: with J. J. Klejman, 982 Madison Avenue, New York (said to be from the New York and London art markets); purchased by MFA from J. J. Klejman, January 8, 1959, for $ 850.00

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Roman or Italic, Late Republican Period, about 50 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 155; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 20.1 cm (7 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World