Fragment of a Tool or Tweezer

Bronze Age, Middle or Late Cypriote Period (?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 561; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


6.9 cm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

This may be some kind of spatuala-type tool or one pincer of a tweezer. One corner of the blade is broken off, as is part of the shaft. Incrusted and 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