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The lid has a bucket handle and a slot with raised molding. A mask, perhaps of Hygeia, appears as an appliqué on the front. There are three holes for sealing, the upper one also piercing the lid. A snake, coiled in a figure-8, is fixed to the top between the slot and the handle. Between the...

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Date unknown: G. Michaïlidis Collection, Cairo (G. Michaïlidis, Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte 55, 1958, pp. 191-197); by 1960: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 (said to come from Egypt; found in region of Memphis); January 11, 1961: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd. for $ 800.00.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 180 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 456; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height x width: 9.4 x 10 cm (3 11/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World