Ladle with head of an ass

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
5th century B.C. or later

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 606; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Length: 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The long handle has a tip ending in the head of an ass; at the base of the handle, there is a mermaid to right on the obverse, and a nude boy walking to right, head left, on the reverse; above each figure and high on the handle appears a floral design. The deep bowl is sharply carinated near the bottom and has a beaded rim. Side of bowl missing. Green patina, with corrosion and earth deposit.


By date unknown: with Charles L. Morley, 25 East 83rd Street, New York 28 (said to have belonged to the Roumanian royal family); purchased by MFA from Charles L. Morley, February 11, 1952, for $75.00

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund