Siren from the rim of a lebes
mid-7th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 402; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).
Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/2 in.); width: 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in.); depth: 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The Siren’s wings and tail are spread. The arms lie along the upper sides of the wings. The ring in the middle of the back is solid. Underneath: incised Greek letters lambda and kappa. Patina green-blue and crusty; the back has a calcareous deposit.
By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: The patina agrees with account of the vendor in Athens who said it was found at Olympia.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund