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  • Sold Date: Jul 04, 2008
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This is a beautiful Boy with Thorn, also called Spinario and Fedele. It weighs 4 1/2 oz. and is 5 1/2" tall with a 2" base. It may be ivory, but I do not guarantee it. It is unmarked. I EMAIL ADDITIONAL PHOTOS UPON REQUEST

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Boy with Thorn , also called Fedele ( Fedelino ) or Spinario , is a Greco-Roman Hellenistic Bronze sculpture of a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot , now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori , Rome ( illustration, right ). A Roman marble of this subject from the Medici collections is in a corridor of the Uffizi Gallery , Florence .[1]

The sculpture was one of the very few Roman bronzes that was never lost to sight. It was standing outside the Lateran Palace when the Navarrese rabbi Benjamin of Tudela saw it in the 1160s and identified it as Absalom , who "was without blemish from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head." [2] , It must have been one of the sculptures transferred to the Palazzo dei Conservatori by Pope Sixtus IV in the 1470s, though it is not recorded t until 1499-1500 (Haskell and Penny 1981: 308). It was celebrated in the Early Renaissance, one of the first Roman sculptures to be copied: t are bronze reductions by Severo da Ravenna and Jacopo Buonaccolsi , called "L'Antico" for his refined classicizing figures: he
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