Handle-plate of a basin (louter)

Greek
Classical Period
430–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 432A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width: 10.2 x 8.1 cm (4 x 3 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1970.7

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The handle-plate was cast as one piece, the back left in rough incuse, with a broad rim, all for soldering to the bowl of the vessel. The upper, functional part of the design consists of a three-quarters circle with three raised moldings. Below appears the somewhat stylized, pseudo-Archaic head of the Gorgon Medusa, with staring eyes and tongue protruding from her mouth. The left ear of the Gorgon is chipped. Green patina.

Provenance

Perhaps from Metapontum; by date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., January 14, 1970

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund