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Harpago (meat hook)

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The shaft of the meat hook ends in a ring from which radiate six large and one small curved prongs; another is missing. A ring is attached to the small prong extending along the shaft. One prong is missing and the tips of two are broken. Green patina, somewhat crusty.


By 1899: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Classical Period, 5th–4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 608; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Length: 42.2 cm (16 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Agricultural