Faucet in the form of an ape's head

Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 664.


Height: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The animal’s head emerges from a circular “shield,” with a section of offset molding, making the head and neck into a form of imago clypeata. A spout protrudes from the open mouth, and the remains of the tap’s handle run from the molding forming a hat on the head to the corresponding area at the base of the neck. Pupils of the small eyes are incised, and the hair all over the face, especially the tufts in front of the ears, is carefully represented. Greenish patina with areas of red and brown.


By date unknown: with Jerome M. Eisenberg, 1000 Madison Avenue, New York 10021; gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, May 10, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of Jerome M. Eisenberg