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Handle-plate of a basin (louter)

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The handle-plate was cast as one piece, the back left in rough incuse, with a broad rim, all for soldering to the bowl of the vessel. The upper, functional part of the design consists of a three-quarters circle with three raised moldings. Below appears the somewhat stylized, pseudo-Archaic head...

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Perhaps from Metapontum; by date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., January 14, 1970

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Greek, Classical Period, 430–400 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 432A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height x width: 10.2 x 8.1 cm (4 x 3 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World