Part of Snaffle
about 5th to 4th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 699; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).
4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The object is cylindrical and hollow, with four spiral bands in slight relief, each band having three spikes projecting from it. Light green patina.
By 1887: with Luigi Boccanera (said to be from the sanctuary of Diana at Nemi); March 25, 1888: purchased by R. Lanciani from Luigi Boccanera; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)
Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation