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The shape is "something like a bayonet" (B.H.Hill), and the handle ends in the head of a serpent with beard or protruding tongue. Even green patina. Inscribed: TAS ARTAMITOS : TAS EN LOUSOIS.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens from a man living near Sicyon) (according to MFA Register of Metalwork 4: "This key is from the temple of Artemis at Lusoi, in Akadia."); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 638; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Length: 40.5 cm (15 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Household