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Bronze handle of a bowl or basin

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C. or later
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
bronze
Dimensions:
length 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.26
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The curved handle consists of two recumbent lions. A flower marks the junction of the two animals. Below the head and forepaws of each lion is a U-shaped element that helps to secure the handle to the bowl of the footbath; this element terminates in a snake's tail.
Sotheby's, London. 1997. Antiquities. June 12, 1997. lot 278.

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