Patera with handle in the shape of a female athlete

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
about 3rd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 530.


Length: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The patera has a shallow bowl with a ring and bracket on the upper rim. At the opposite or lowest part is attached a yoke supported by a nude girl holding a strigil (?) in the right hand and placing the left on her hip. She wears her hair done up in a cloth, a necklace, and low shoes. She stands on a triangular plinth, with another ring for suspension attached to its bottom. She is probably meant to represent a Spartan girl; at Sparta girls exercise like men and boys.

Condition: Pale green patina.


By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Rome); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900