The rings in the top are for attachment of a swinging handle; on the bar are double palmettes with lyre-form volutes between, bordered by a pair of snakes. At the bottom are classicizing heads of Medusa with ample locks and knotted snakes above. The eyes were inlaid with silver. Light green patina.
By 1898-9: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens, said to be from Macedonia. 1898-9.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund
Greek, Classical Period, about 4th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 426; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).
Height: 15.2 cm (6 in.)
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