Pair of handles from a stamnos with Endymion sleeping between two dogs

Italic, Etruscan
Early Hellenistic Period
320–250 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Etruria (or possibly Campania)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 512; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Length 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



On each handle, a long-haired youth reclines asleep, his head on the chlamys wrapped around his left arm and high boots or sandals with straps around his ankles and on his feet. Head and feet are attached by lotus buds to large, inverted palmettes and volutes. On the rectangular plinths above each palmette, a seated dog faces inward. The dog is missing at the foot of one handle. The bottom and most of the rim of the stamnos are preserved; the former has line-molding and the latter a bead and ovolo pattern on the outer edge. Brown patina with light surface corrosions, sometimes in gray. Evidence of burning, presumably in antiquity.


By 1958, Charles Lucien Morley (dealer), St. Moritz, Switzerland and New York [see note]; 1960, sold by Charles Lucien Morley to the MFA for $2500 (with MFA no. 60.232c). (Accession Date: April 14, 1960)

NOTE: In 1960, dealer Herbert Cahn of Münzen und Medaillen wrote to the MFA that he had bought the handles "in 1936 or 1937 from Ricciardi for Morgenroth" (probably Sigmund Morgenroth, 1874 - 1962, who sold other works of art to Morley), although this has never been verified.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2