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Pair of handles from a stamnos with Endymion sleeping between two dogs

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On each handle, a long-haired youth reclines asleep, his head on the chlamys wrapped around his left arm and high boots or sandals with straps around his ankles and on his feet. Head and feet are attached by lotus buds to large, inverted palmettes and volutes. On the rectangular plinths above...

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By 1936 or 1937: with Herbert Cahn, Basel, Switzerland (purchased by him from Riccardi for Morgenroth); by 1958: with Charles L. Morley, Villa Le Soleil, St. Moritz, Switzerland (said to be from the Florence Art Market); April 14, 1960: purchased by MFA from Charles L. Morley for $ 2,500.00 (with 60.232c)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Italic, Etruscan, Early Hellenistic Period, 320–250 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Etruria (or possibly Campania), Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 512; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Length 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)

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The Ancient World