Siren from the rim of a lebes

Greek
Orientalizing Period
mid-7th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 402; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/2 in.); width: 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in.); depth: 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.458

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund