Miniature chariot wheel
about 525–500 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 681.
16.2 x 4.1 cm (6 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
This miniature chariot wheel was dedicated in a sanctuary of Apollo, as the inscription indicates. The bronze wheel has four spokes, pierced at the center for an axle. A dedication to Apollo is inscribed on the rim, in a central Greek alphabet: “Phalas son of Pediarcheion dedicated [this] to Apollo”
Medium green patina.
ΦΑΛΑΣ ΠΕΔΙΑΡΧΕΙΟΝ ΑΝΕΘΕΚΕ ΤΟΠΟΛΟΝΙ
By date unknown: with T. Zoumpoulakis, 10 Edward Law, Athens (said to be from near Delphi [Galaxidi, or ancient Chaleion]); purchased by MFA from T. Zoumpoulakis, March 7, 1935, for $ 80.00
William Amory Gardner Fund