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Protome of a boar, probably from a situla

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Bronze head of a boar, with one foreleg attached at the throat; the bristles are represented by small incisions. There are three holes for attachment in the circular base. Probably from a situla (covered container). Dark green patina.


By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; November 1959: purchased from Münzen und Medaillen by Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr.; gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr. to MFA, December 10, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr.

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 478.


Length 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World