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Bronze handle from a cista (toiletries box)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Praenestine
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The solid-cast handle is in the form of two nude male wrestlers. Wrestling was a popular sport, and the subject was used often for cista handles. Several complete cistae are on view in a nearby case.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 124, pp. 78-79, New York: Gilliss Press.

Coppola, Felice, Gabrielle Bordenache Battaglia, and Prof. Adriana Emiliozzi. 2000. "Manici isolati." Le Ciste prenestine. no. M44, pp. 35-36, pl. 33, Rome: Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.45a, pp. 206-7, 290, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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