Handle-bases of a bucket (situla)

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical or Hellenistic Period
about 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 522; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Height x width: 9.1 x 11 cm (3 9/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



A female head with diadem or stylized wreath and necklace rises from the rings of each situla handle. Below are a pair of volutes and a flat, crescent-shaped plate. The latter has a Gorgo with vines, tendrils, and palmettes springing left and right in relief. Each is missing one of the wing-ends beyond the handle rings. Rich, even green patina, with slight pitting on one example.


Before 1957: Dr. Jacob Hirsch Collection; by December 7, 1957: with Adolph Hess AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland and William H. Schab, 602 Madison Avenue, New York 22 (auction of Dr. Jacob Hirsch Collection, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, December 7, 1957, lot 53); purchased by George Ortiz at 1957 Hirsch auction, lot 53; purchased by MFA from George Ortiz, October 17, 1963

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund