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Plectrum Handle

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The plectrum handle has a youth sitting in the lap of a bearded man. Both are wearing palaestric caps, and the youth also wears a bulla. Light green patina.


By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in 1898 in Rome. The provenience of the piece, Etruria, not far, I believe from the Lake of Bolsena would coincide with the idea of Etruscan workmanship); 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Hellenistic Period, perhaps Etruscan, 2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 623; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Recreational