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End of a chariot pole in the form of a lion's head

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The piece is hollow and terminates at the neck in a narrow flange pierced by nailholes. Lower part of flange missing; two small holes on left side of neck; nose cracked; otherwise well preserved. Rich green patina, with glossy, mottled surface in shades leading almost to onyx.


By date unknown: Jacob Hirsch Estate (according to Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 712: from near Orvieto); gift of the Estate of Dr. Jacob Hirsch to MFA, September 15, 1955

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Dr. Jacob Hirsch

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 712; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 128 (additional published references).


Length 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Transportation