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Bronze patera (shallow bowl with handle)

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan, probably
Date:
early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Other: 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
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.

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