One of Four Buttons
Late Republican Period
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 696; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).
1.4 cm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
They are convex on one side, and a bar in the shape of a circular segment runs across on the lower side. Dark green and brown patina.
By 1887: with Luigi Boccanera (said to be from the sanctuary of Diana at Nemi); March 25, 1888: purchased by R. Lanciani from Luigi Boccanera; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)
Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation