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Marble torso of a boy

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 21 x 11 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. (53.3 x 28.9 x 17.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.108
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Copy of a Greek statue of ca. 425–400 B.C.

The small scale and violent action of this figure suggest it may represent one of Niobe's children, who were killed after Niobe boasted she was superior to Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis, because she had more offspring. Sculptural groups depicting the boys and girls vainly trying to escape the deadly arrows of Apollo and Artemis were popular throughout antiquity.
Robinson, Edward. 1908. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: I. Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(1): p. 5, fig. 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 212, fig. 128, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 243-44, fig. 168, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 243-44, fig. 168, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 90, 230, pl. 70a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 53, p. 37, pl. 46, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Skalka, Michael R., Sylvia Bakos, and University Art Gallery, Rutgers. 1981. Ancient Art: The Development of Greek and Roman Figural and Animal Styles. pp. 7-8, fig, 4, New Brunswick: University Art Gallery, Rutgers.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Niobidai, no. 58, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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