Hellenistic Period, perhaps Etruscan
2nd century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 623; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).
5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The plectrum handle has a youth sitting in the lap of a bearded man. Both are wearing palaestric caps, and the youth also wears a bulla. Light green patina.
By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in 1898 in Rome. The provenience of the piece, Etruria, not far, I believe from the Lake of Bolsena would coincide with the idea of Etruscan workmanship); 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910
Gift of Edward Perry Warren