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Bronze handle from an oinochoe (jug)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
early 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Nicholas S. Zoullas Gift, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.11.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
At the top, pair of snakes
Below, head

Because terracotta vases tend to have figural decoration, they usually do not have three-dimensional figural adjuncts. By contrast, the plain surfaces of metal vases are regularly complemented by figures and floral ornament on the handle(s) and foot.
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