Reported to be the property of Herr A. Weber of Eulenbruch, near Cologne, Germany, from the late 1970’s. Sold by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Belfer, New York, in 2001. Partial gift of Robert and Renée Belfer to the Museum in 2001, remainder given in 2010.
The work has been on display in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roman court since 2007.
The work was published in 2007 in C.A. Picón, J.R. Mertens, E.J. Milleker, C.S. Lightfoot, and S. Hemingway, Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome (New Haven 2007), pp. 184-185, 447, no. 212.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 75.
Section of the AAMD Guidelines relied upon for the exception to 1970:
Partial interest received prior to 2008
Explain why the object fits the exception set forth above:
The work was accepted as a partial gift in 2001 and has been exhibited publicly since 2007. Such over life-size bronze statues are extremely rare, especially ones of the quality of this piece. It represents a major class of Hellenistic honorific statuary not otherwise represented in the Museum’s collection.