Handle of a stamnos (large basin)

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
Late 5th–4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 510; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height x width: 14.1 x 13 cm (5 9/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The tubular, horizontal handle of a stamnos has a raised, beaded band in the center. At each end, there is a group of two figures in relief: A: Youth with a lyre, strapped to his left wrist, is seated on his chlamys; a crouching woman in a girt chiton is cutting his throat. There is a plectrum on the ground between them. B: Youth in a chlamys and Attic helmet stabs a draped woman in the throat. She places her right hand on his knee and clutches her breast with the left. Somewhat corroded. Pale green patina.


By 1869: William Henry Forman (b. 1794 - d. 1869), Pippbrook House, Surrey, England; by descent to his nephew, A. H. Browne, Callaly Castle, Northumberland; 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, 1900, lot 575, partial); 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (who noted that the piece probably both came from Chiusi and was sold by Castellani to W. H. Forman); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution