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The object is cylindrical and hollow, with four spiral bands in slight relief, each band having three spikes projecting from it. Light green patina.

Provenance

By 1887: with Luigi Boccanera (said to be from the sanctuary of Diana at Nemi); March 25, 1888: purchased by R. Lanciani from Luigi Boccanera; 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

Benajmin Pierce Cheney Donation

Italic, about 5th to 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 699; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

88.623

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Animal-related