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Marble statuette of a slave boy with a lantern

1st or 2nd century A.D.
H. with plinth 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Adaptation of a Hellenistic work of the 3rd century B.C.

This statuette is a good example of a well-known subject, the servant waiting to escort his master home. A Hellenistic terracotta statuette from the Fayum, Egypt provides the earliest known evidence for this type. The subject was popular in Roman times, when marble examples served as fountain sculptures in villa gardens in Pompeii and Syria, and bronze and silver variations were made into luxurious household objects such as inkwells and pepper-castors.
Alexander, Christine. 1929. "Miscellaneous Accessions in the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(7): pp. 203-4, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 226, p. 113, pls. 158a-c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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