Statue of an old shepherd carrying a lamb Maker: Unknown

2nd–4th century A.D.

Ancient Art

On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art




45.085 × 35.56 × 12.065 cm (17 3/4 × 14 × 4 3/4 in.)

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Ruth Elizabeth White Fund

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2nd–4th century A.D.


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The sculpture was previously owned by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford; the proceeds from its sale were to benefit the museum's European Paintings and Sculpture Purchase Fund. The museum acquired the piece in 1949 as a gift of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. It was part of the important Joseph Brummer collection, sold at auction by Parke-Bernet (now Sotheby's) on May 11-14, 1949. The sculpture has been featured in two special exhibitions, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, organized by the Walters Art Gallery in the spring of 1947, and Art of the Late Antique from American Collections at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, in the winter of 1969. Although it had long been claimed that the sculpture comes from Ravenna, the German scholar H. P. Laubscher recognized it, with restored head, arms, legs, and base, in a photograph that was taken by Romualdo Moscioni in Rome in the late 19th-early 20th century.
Christie's sale 2174, June 3, 2009, lot 196.

  • Susan B. Matheson and Jerome Jordan Pollitt, Old Age in Greek and Roman Art (New Haven, Conn: Yale University Art Gallery, 2022), 139, 232, no. 122, ill.
  • "Acquisitions 2009," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 143, ill.
  • Cornelius Vermeule, Greek and Roman Sculpture in America, 1st (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1981), 223.
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Handbook (Hartford: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1958), 22.
  • Dorothy E. Miner, ed., Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, April 25–June 22, exh. cat. (Baltimore: The Walters Art Museum, 1947), no. 27.

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