Aspergillum

Greek (?)
Hellenistic Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 604; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.497

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools and equipment

This vessel is perforated at the bottom with many holes. Around the body are tongue patterns; near the middle is a band of lozenges. The tube is octagonal in section, and the outer or upper end is rounded to receive a stopper. A piece is missing from the bottom, and the tube has been rejoined to the body. Green patina.

Provenance

By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from a Sicilian 1899.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund