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Bronze cista (toiletries box)

ca. 325–300 B.C.
H. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm); diameter 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The engraved frieze on the cylindrical container depicts a battle between Greeks and Amazons. The solid-cast feet are shaped like lion's paws but terminate in attachments depicting winged sirens. The engravings of two nude warriors on the lid, one standing and one seated, are modern additions, no doubt inspired by similar compositions frequently seen on mirrors. The cista handle is missing.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 51, fig. 154, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Foerst, Gabriele. 1978. Die Gravierungen der pränestinischen Cisten. no. 40, pp. 146-47, pl. 31c, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

Bordenache Battaglia, Gabrielle and Prof. Adriana Emiliozzi. 1979. Le Ciste prenestine. no. 44, pp. 145-46, pls. 182-184, Rome: Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Amazones Etruscae, no. 32a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.43, pp. 191, 205, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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