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Bronze buttons

1st–3rd century A.D.
Roman, Cypriot
Length (length of each): 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Each button is in the form of a pair of breasts. It is likely that they were found in a tomb; they are very unusual objects as grave gifts, suggesting that they must have had some special significance.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4857, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1104, pp. 335-36, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 486, pp. 291-2, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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