Handle-plate of a basin (louter)
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 432A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).
Height x width: 10.2 x 8.1 cm (4 x 3 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Archaic Greece Gallery (Gallery 113)
The handle-plate was cast as one piece, the back left in rough incuse, with a broad rim, all for soldering to the bowl of the vessel. The upper, functional part of the design consists of a three-quarters circle with three raised moldings. Below appears the somewhat stylized, pseudo-Archaic head of the Gorgon Medusa, with staring eyes and tongue protruding from her mouth. The left ear of the Gorgon is chipped. Green patina.
Perhaps from Metapontum; by date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., January 14, 1970
Otis Norcross Fund