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Votive hand for Sabazios cult

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Hollow-cast in the form of a human wrist and right hand with long, thin fingers, thumb, index- and middle-fingers extended, ring-finger and pinky bent into the palm. A snake is coiled around the wrist and stretches across the back of the hand, its head the projecting above the knuckle of the...

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By date unknown: Collection of Minister Georges Gorse (1915-2002) of France (according to warranty supplied by Charles Ede Ltd.); by July 2005: with Auctioneer Thierry de Maigret, Paris, France (auction, July 12, 2005, lot 126); purchased at Maigret auction by Charles Ede Ltd., 20 Brook Street, London; imported into the United States in May 2006 (documentation includes July 2005 Export License from the French Ministry of Culture and 2006 European Export License); purchased by MFA from Charles Ede Ltd., December 13, 2006

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–4th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 044.


Height x width x depth: 14.5 x 4.4 x 4 cm (5 11/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World