Handle of a situla

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 521.


Height: 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The handle of a situla is in the form of a nude youth standing in hipshot pose on a semi-circular base, leading down to an arrow-shaped attachment to the body. From the shoulders springs the curved support which attached it to the vase. In the middle of this is the loop for the bail. The youth holds an animal’s foot (?) or plectrum in his right hand and rests his left arm on his hip.The head of the youth and the outer side of his left leg are worn, as if the handle had been grasped on frequent occasions. Somewhat corroded. Reddish brown color.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution