Plectrum Handle

Hellenistic Period, perhaps Etruscan
2nd century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 623; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.08.32q

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Recreational

The plectrum handle has a youth sitting in the lap of a bearded man. Both are wearing palaestric caps, and the youth also wears a bulla. Light green patina.

Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in 1898 in Rome. The provenience of the piece, Etruria, not far, I believe from the Lake of Bolsena would coincide with the idea of Etruscan workmanship); 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren