Thin band with stamped decoration: battle of the gods and the giants

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
700–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 688; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Width x length: 6.3 x 24.7 cm (2 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



A scene of battle between the gods and the giants is stamped on a thin band. There are eight figures of gods and giants besides the animals. From the left, an armed, armored god in a quadriga with a charioteer spears a running giant. In the central scene another youthful god has wrenched the right arm off a fire-breathing giant, and at the right Herakles, wearing his lion’s skin, brandishes his club at two fleeing giants. A border of large dots is above, and a wave pattern runs from left to right below. The figures are stamped from behind. Pieces missing. Slightly corroded; copper colored.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome: found in a tomb in the necropolis of Bomarzo.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution