Bell-shaped bucket (situla)

Late Republican to Early Imperial Period
about 50 B.C.–A.D. 50

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 477; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height: 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.); diameter: 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Between the fillets below the molded lip there is a guilloche pattern in relief. The two elaborate handle-plates take the form of inverted honeysuckle with tendrils, a mass of volute scrolls, and rosettes at the upper corners. The bottom has inset and molded concentric circles. Handles, loops at rim, and three feet missing, the latter attached with lead or similar solder. Some holes from corrosion, especially in the handle-plates; the molding of the bottom has been dented and broken. “Tiber” patina.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (said to have been found in the Tiber); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., March 10, 1965

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund