Bucket (situla) with double handles

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 350–300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 428; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 26.8 cm (10 9/16 in.)

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On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


Europe, The Ancient World



The situla has a frieze of repoussé designs between beading, wreath and thin fillet above, rosettes below.
A.: Young Dionysos caresses a panther at the left. Behind comes a satyr with a kantharos. At the right, a dancing maenad.
B.: Seated woman (Ariadne?). To the right were a panther and a maenad. At the left, a dancing satyr. The two bails (handles) are hooked into a double, palmette ring over the center of each side; these handles lie flat along the rim. The bottom and half the body of the pail are missing. Scene B is fragmentary. Dark to medium green patina, with corrosion.


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (bought in Naples; said to be from South Italy); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900