Faucet in the form of an ape's head

Greco-Roman
Greco-Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 664.

Dimensions

Height: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

67.644

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The animal’s head emerges from a circular “shield,” with a section of offset molding, making the head and neck into a form of imago clypeata. A spout protrudes from the open mouth, and the remains of the tap’s handle run from the molding forming a hat on the head to the corresponding area at the base of the neck. Pupils of the small eyes are incised, and the hair all over the face, especially the tufts in front of the ears, is carefully represented. Greenish patina with areas of red and brown.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Jerome M. Eisenberg, 1000 Madison Avenue, New York 10021; gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, May 10, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg