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Handle of a chest: in the form of a stylized lion's head

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The facing head has the large, heavy ring cast separately in the mouth and hung through two very large holes. There are two smaller holes below the nose. Details of the eyes and fur are incised. Badly cracked and somewhat encrusted over a green patina; iron pins or nails remain at left and right....

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By date unknown: with Veel, on the left bank in Paris; July 1959: purchased from Veel by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA; purchased from Cornelius C. Vermeule III by MFA, October 8, 1959, for $60.00

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund

Roman, Roman Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 672; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Diameter: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World