Fragment of a Tool or Clasp (?)

Bronze Age, Middle or Late Cypriote Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 563.


2.6 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment

Thin and flat; it may be a hook part of a clasp but more probably a portion of a tool. Most of the handle and part of the blade are broken off. Incrusted green patina.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and also includes 72.4871-72.4900 which were part of the original purchase as apparatus and not given 1872 accession numbers until the 1960s)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription