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Bronze patera handle in the form of Lasa

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
total H. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); H. of figure 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Rogers Fund, 1919 (19.192.65)

Both handles are elaborately modeled in the form of nude female figures that probably represent the Etruscan nymph Lasa. Typical attributes of this mythical character are wings and elegant jewelry. The handle attachments, at the top on the reverse of each piece, are decorated with an ivy leaf and a female head wearing a necklace of three pendant amulets.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 57, p. 39, New York: Gilliss Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.81a, pp. 192, 237, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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