Handle of an amphora
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
5th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 507; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).
Height: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The base of the handle is in the form of a bearded satyr sitting on the ground and playing the syrinx. Small volutes support his feet, and there is a cockleshell where these join. At each end of the upper attachment is a deer, curled up asleep. Smooth blue-green patina.
(In the accompanying group photo, the handle is the left one of the two handles in the center, between lines two and four down from the top of the photograph.)
By 1898: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought June 1898 in Milan.).; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund