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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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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

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Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr.

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

Catalogue Raisonné

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


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

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The Ancient World