Handle of a small jug, probably with a long spout

Classical Period
Late 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 425; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 10.2 cm (4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



On the front of the handle, head of a woman; on the discs at the side, Gorgo heads; at the base, a Siren on a palmette and volutes. Rivet holes at either end mark the places of attachment to the vessel itself. The faces of the woman and the Siren are slightly crude, possibly because of the small scale of the handle, but the Gorgo heads are very elegant, paralleling the designs found in gilded terracottas of the late fifth and fourth centuries. Green patina.


By 1964: with a dealer in Athens (said to be from Athens); purchased by MFA, March 11, 1964

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2