Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 464; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).
Height: 18.8 cm (7 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The handle ends below in a lion’s paw on a flat disc with stylized, voluted tendrils. A ridge runs up the middle of the handle, with a lion-mask holding an ox-skull in the mouth, at the upper end. There are serrated discs to left and right on the ends of the handle. Patina green and blue, crusty.
By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Genoa, the only indication of provenience was the label attached according to which it came from Pompeii.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund