Patera with handle in the shape of a female athlete
about 3rd century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 530.
Length: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The patera has a shallow bowl with a ring and bracket on the upper rim. At the opposite or lowest part is attached a yoke supported by a nude girl holding a strigil (?) in the right hand and placing the left on her hip. She wears her hair done up in a cloth, a necklace, and low shoes. She stands on a triangular plinth, with another ring for suspension attached to its bottom. She is probably meant to represent a Spartan girl; at Sparta girls exercise like men and boys.
Condition: Pale green patina.
By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Rome); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900