Ladle with head of an ass
5th century B.C. or later
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.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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
Seth K. Sweetser Fund