Statue of a boy


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

The deep greenish hue of this statue resembles the smooth dark patina of bronze, but the figure is actually carved from stone. There was an avid market for colored stone imported from all over the ancient world for use in Roman sculpture and architecture. Bekhen stone, a variety of graywacke, was quarried only from the Wadi Hammamat dry riverbed in Egypt, speaking to the far reaches of the Roman Empire and its trade networks.

Statue of a boy, Bekhen stone, Roman

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