Originally, these solid-cast bronzes were attached to the base of a special type of pyramid-shaped incense burner known from more complete examples in the Vatican Museums and in Olympia. Each leg consists of a carefully rendered lion's paw with wings surmounted by a nude youth with long hair. This same motif was used on the legs of candelabra and cistae (toiletries boxes).
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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 30, fig. 88, New York: Marchbanks Press.
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