Marble torso of a boy


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164

Copy of a Greek bronze statue of the late 5th century B.C.

The torso belonged to a statue of a boy leaning on a pillar at his left side, his head bent pensively toward his raised shoulder. The delicacy of the forms and the introspective character of the pose led scholars in the past to suggest that the statue represented a mythological figure such as Narcissus or Hyacinthus, but the original bronze was probably erected to honor a victorious young athlete or as a funerary monument.

Marble torso of a boy, Marble, Roman

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