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Handle (of a Knife, Perhaps a Hoof-Cleaner)

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The lower part is of cornucopia shape, with a slit or groove on the edge of the outer curve. On the top sits a rude sphinx with a large ring on its back. The sphinx has a thick, rolled collar. Almond eyes and feathers on the chest are incised. The face is worn. Deep green patina, with pitting...

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Provenance

By 1887: with Luigi Boccanera (said to be from the sanctuary of Diana at Nemi); March 25, 1888: purchased by R. Lanciani from Luigi Boccanera; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benajmin Pierce Cheney Donation

Greco-Roman,

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 594.

Dimensions

2.9 x 8.2 cm (1 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

88.622

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment