Boy Pulling Thorn

This statue shows a boy sitting on a rock, bending over to remove a thorn from his sole. This boy was probably a slave: masters usually did not waste much money on clothing or shoes for slaves, so they were more likely to be barefoot. During the Hellenistic period, slaves were often depicted dealing with their daily troubles, a reminder to the rich of their own more fortunate conditions.

Plaster Cast of Roman Statue Thorn Puller, Lo Spinario

Plaster Cast of Roman Statue Thorn Puller, Lo Spinario
Italy, Europe. 300–275 BCE. Plaster. Purchase.
1912.02.0020

 

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