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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Statue of a youth on horseback. Marble. The young man is naked except for his military cloak (paludamentum).

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1-50 (head)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.05 metres (about)
  • Curator's comments

    The boy's facial features and hairstyle resemble those of members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Roman emperors. When the sculpture first entered the Museum it was identified as a portrait of the emperor Caligula or Gaius (AD 37-41) in his youth. Later it was thought that the head might not belong to the body, and that the body itself dated to the mid-later second century, representing, perhaps, one of the imperial princes of that period. During recent cleaning, however, it was observed that the marble of the head of the youth and the unrestored parts of the horse were the same. This has raised once more the possibility that horse and rider belong and indeed represent a Julio-Claudian prince.


  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 1886 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Great Court)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The statue was found in or near Rome in the sixteenth century, was then restored by Giacomo della Porta, and from 1652 stood in the Palazzo Farnese. Restorations include the youth's arms and three of the horse's legs. Purchased from the King of Naples in 1864.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Marble statue of a youth on horseback;Marble statue of a youth on horseback


COMPASS Title: Marble statue of a youth on horseback;Marble statue of a youth on horseback

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