Wagon attachment, possibly a hitch

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 7.5 x 11 x 6 cm (2 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

2008.654.2

Medium or Technique

Bronze and silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Transportation

Object consists of a bar, square in section, with a circular knob at either end. About 1 cm from one end, a circular hole pierces the bar. A U-shaped piece of bronze, also square in section, is attached to the bar at the top of the “U”. Two short rods are riveted to the bar perpendicular to the attachment points of the U-shaped piece, one at each end. At the other end of each short rod is a circular knob, each with a silver appliqué on top showing a seated figure.

Provenance

By 2005, Torkom Demirjian (dealer), Ariadne Galleries, New York; 2008, gift of Torkom Demirjian to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Torkom Demirjian in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976–2004