Torso of a fighting giant
Unknown artist, Roman
Torso of a fighting giant, 117-138 CE
54.3 x 34.8 x 21.9 cm (21 3/8 x 13 11/16 x 8 5/8 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 25.064
Depictions of giants fighting satyrs or gods are well known from the Hellenistic world and were much copied during the Roman period. It is evident from the torso alone that the figure of which it was part was depicted in a state of motion. The rosette of hair in the center of the chest indicates that the subject is nonhuman, as similar depictions of body hair are seen only on statues of centaurs, giants, and satyrs. Remnants of a tail are visible from the back and are similar to known representations of giants with snake-like appendages. The careful rendering of the musculature on both front and back indicates that the sculpture was meant to be seen in the round, probably as part of a battle grouping.