End of a chariot pole in the form of a lion's head

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 712; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 128 (additional published references).


Length 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The piece is hollow and terminates at the neck in a narrow flange pierced by nailholes. Lower part of flange missing; two small holes on left side of neck; nose cracked; otherwise well preserved. Rich green patina, with glossy, mottled surface in shades leading almost to onyx.


By date unknown: Jacob Hirsch Estate (according to Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 712: from near Orvieto); gift of the Estate of Dr. Jacob Hirsch to MFA, September 15, 1955

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Dr. Jacob Hirsch