Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

Plaster cast of a figure from two boys quarreling over a game of knucklebones. Original formerly in the Barberini Palace, Rome, now housed in the British Museum, circa 1st century A.D.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Statue

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Rome

Height (cm/in)

71.12 cm / 28 in

Width (cm/in)

91.44 cm / 36 in

Depth (cm/in)

67.31 cm / 26.5 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

Roman version of a piece from the 2nd or 1st century B.C.E. The original marble group is mostly missing, with the exception of the figure laying on the ground biting the limb of another unidentified figure. The boys had been using the small bones as dice in a gambling game, when a quarrel broke out between them.

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Figure from Group of Two Boys Quarreling

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