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Wagon attachment, possibly for securing the end of a shaft

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Possibly an attachment for holding one end of a shaft in place. Open-ended box, a pin attached perpendicular to the back. Decorated with three silver appliqués of Eros.


By date unknown: Spanish private collection; 1938: acquired by the Benzaquen family, Gibraltar, thence by descent to I. S. Benzaquen, P.O. Box 428, 295 Main Street, Gibraltar; 1988: sold by I. S. Benzaquen to a German private collection; 2002: acquired from a German private collection by Torkom Demirjian, Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10021, January 25, 2002; 2005-2008: lent by Torkom Demirjian to MFA (as L-G 91.7.2005); 2008: gift of Torkom Demirjian to MFA, September 17, 2008

Credit Line

Gift of Torkom Demirjian in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976–2004

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


Height x width x depth: 5.8 x 5 x 6.5 cm (2 5/16 x 1 15/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze and silver


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Transportation