Vase with chain handle

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Of cylindrical shape, with a rounded cover. A long loop handle formed of twisted wires connected by rings. Remains of gilding. See 13.2860a-b.
Note with component to John Herrmann: “Do not put chain inside pyxis as you will have plating ungalvanic onto silver,” from Merville Nichols (Nick), conservator. Modern forgery.


About 1879, discovered on property belonging to the Count Lucioli, Chiusi, Italy (one of a group of objects said to have been found together in a tomb near Chiusi, probably in the Colle Lucioli just east of Chiusi, MFA 13.2860-13.2901). By 1913: with Raoul Tolentino, 57 Via Sistina, Rome; purchased by MFA from Raoul Tolentino, November 6, 1913

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912