Fragment of a Tool or Tweezer

Bronze Age, Middle or Late Cypriote Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 562; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

This may be some kind of spatula-type tool or one pincer of a tweezer as in 72.4898. The blade end is broken, as is the end of the handle. Heavily incrusted.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and also includes 72.4871-72.4900 which were part of the original purchase as apparatus and not given 1872 accession numbers until the 1960s)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription