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Container (ampulla) in the form of a bear

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The bear has a swivel-pin lid on the top of the head and a ring for suspension in the middle of his back. There are remains (the channels) of inlaid (silver?) sling-like straps to indicate a harness around the stomach and between the forelegs. Holes in the ears offset the vacuum created in...

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By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection (loaned to MFA by Burton Y. Berry, Esq., December 13, 1961) (said to come from the East Greek world); gift of Burton Y. Berry to MFA, December 26, 1962

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Gift of Burton Y. Berry

Roman or Byzantine, Late Imperial to Late Antique Period, 4th or 5th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 486; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.); length: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World