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Strap handle of a box (?)

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In high relief, Attis (?) or, equally likely, Paris stands with legs crossed, leaning on a staff. A chest connected with religious cults would suggest Attis, but Paris would be more appropriate to a lady's wardrobe or vanity chest. This functional piece of decoration was probably made in Asia...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art, Bulletin XI, no. 188); 1964: Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr. Collection; gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr. to MFA, February 12, 1964

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr.

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 150–300

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 676.

Dimensions

Length: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

64.83

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels