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On the outside there are four bucrania in low relief. The large, fan-like handle has radial panels. The wick end has an intaglio leaf pattern. Sets of triple vent holes pierce the medallion in the top, and there is a small vented boss in the center of this top medallion. Part of the middle has...

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By 1888: with Alessandro Fausti (said to have been discovered in the bed of the Tiber); May 4, 1888: purchased by R. Lanciani from Alessandro Fausti; 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

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 493; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Length: 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices