Statue of a Child Strangling a Goose

Inv. Scu 713

The child is depicted in action, almost losing his balance as the effort forces him to lean backwards. All of his weight is carried upon his right leg. His torso is turned slightly to the left and his arms clasp the goose tightly to his left side as he applies pressure to the creature’s neck with his right hand.

This is a mid-Imperial age (110-160 AD) copy of a famous original of the Hellenistic period, ascribed to the sculptor Boethos of Chalcedon, known to us thanks to a passage in Pliny.