This finely worked and ornate vessel was used for serving food or drink at dinner parties or for pouring libations at religious ceremonies. Such high-quality bronze paterae often have a wolf or ram's head finial to the handle.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from The Norbert Schimmel Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 49(4): p. 62.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 62.