This is a particularly fine example of a large class of balsamaria in the form of a young divinity or mortal. Some may depict young satyrs, identifiable only by the goat skin worn over one shoulder. That some are thought to be depictions of Antinous, Hadrian's favorite who died in A.D. 130, seems incompatible with the late 2nd to early 3rd century A.D. date. For related examples see no. 99 in Kitzinger, Handbook of the Byzantine Collection and nos. 259-262 in Arce, Los Bronces Romanos en España.