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Bronze cista (toiletries box)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 300–275 B.C.
Culture:
Praenestine
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Courtland Field Bishop, 1922
Accession Number:
22.84.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
This oval-shaped container has solid-cast feet, each of which terminates in a depiction of a comic theater mask, an unusual subject for cista feet. They may show the influence of Greek New Comedy playwrights such as Menander. A solid-cast figure of a nude woman doing a back-bend serves as the handle.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 51, fig. 153, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Foerst, Gabriele. 1978. Die Gravierungen der pränestinischen Cisten. no. 43, p. 149, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.44, pp. 191, 206–7, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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