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Statue of a Boy

ca. 340 B.C.

Pentelic marble

41 x 17.78 x 10.3 cm (16 1/8 x 7 x 4 1/16 in.)
Ruth Elizabeth White Fund
2002.95.1
This figure of a young boy was probably set up in an Athenian sanctuary as a pleasing gift to the gods. His dress is unusual; unlike most images, which show young boys completely naked, he is enveloped in a long cloak. This signals that he was likely dedicated to either a god of the underworld, the goddess Isis (imported to Greece from Egypt), or the healing god Asklepios.
Culture: 
Greek, Attic
Period: 
Classical
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view*
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2002,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003): 133, ill.

Richard A. Grossmann, “A Greek Boy at Yale: Form and Function in Ancient Greek Statues of Children,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 92–95, fig. 1–2.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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