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Handle of an amphora

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 507; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The base of the handle is in the form of a bearded satyr sitting on the ground and playing the syrinx. Small volutes support his feet, and there is a cockleshell where these join. At each end of the upper attachment is a deer, curled up asleep. Smooth blue-green patina.
(In the accompanying group photo, the handle is the left one of the two handles in the center, between lines two and four down from the top of the photograph.)


By 1898: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought June 1898 in Milan.).; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund