Miniature chariot wheel

Greek
Archaic Period
about 525–500 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 681.

Dimensions

16.2 x 4.1 cm (6 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

35.61

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This miniature chariot wheel was dedicated in a sanctuary of Apollo, as the inscription indicates. The bronze wheel has four spokes, pierced at the center for an axle. A dedication to Apollo is inscribed on the rim, in a central Greek alphabet: “Phalas son of Pediarcheion dedicated [this] to Apollo”
Medium green patina.

Inscription

ΦΑΛΑΣ ΠΕΔΙΑΡΧΕΙΟΝ ΑΝΕΘΕΚΕ ΤΟΠΟΛΟΝΙ

Provenance

By date unknown: with T. Zoumpoulakis, 10 Edward Law, Athens (said to be from near Delphi [Galaxidi, or ancient Chaleion]); purchased by MFA from T. Zoumpoulakis, March 7, 1935, for $ 80.00

Credit Line

William Amory Gardner Fund