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Bronze basin with six legs

legs: ca. 700–650 B.C.; handled basin: 6th century B.C.
Late Villanovan and Etruscan
H. 9 in. (22.8 cm) diameter 12 1/4 in. (31.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1954
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Such basins, decorated with abstract horsemen and birds, are especially common at Vetulonia, a probable site of manufacture. Most examples have only three legs and a basin without handles. Because the six legs on this piece are of two distinct types, it is likely that the object is really a pastiche composed of disparate ancient elements: two sets of solid-cast legs from about 700–650 B.C. and a handled basin from the sixth century B.C.
Until 1954, collection of Vladimir G. Simkhovitch, New York; acquired in 1954, purchased from Vladimir G. Simkhovitch.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1954. "Recent Accessions of Greek and Etruscan Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 13(2): p. 61.

Hencken, Hugh. 1957. "Horse Tripods of Etruria." American Journal of Archaeolog, 61 (1): pp. 2-3, fig. 7, pl. 2.

Hencken, Hugh. 1971. The Earliest European Bronze Helmets: Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. pp. 113, 116, Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum Press.

Rudolph, Wolf and Adriana Calinescu. 1988. Ancient Art from the V.G. Simkhovitch Collection no. 113, pp. 122-3, Bloomigton, In: Indiana University Press.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 317, pp. 274, 469, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 8.9, pp. 11, 38–39, 297–88, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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