Bronze handle of a patera (shallow basin) in the form of a youth
ca. late 6th century B.C.
6 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 5/8 in. (17.1 x 6.7 x 1.6 cm)
Gift of Stark and Michael Ward, in honor of Carlos A. Picón, 2005
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
During the late sixth and fifth centuries B.C., paterae with figural handles were produced in Greece as well as Southern Italy. The cicada-like insect under the youth's feet recalls the myth of Eos, the goddess of dawn, and her Trojan lover, Tithonos, whom the god Zeus made immortal at Eos's behest. Because she forgot to request eternal youth for Tithonos, he grew old and shriveled away until nothing remained but a wizened, chirping cicada.
Hemingway, Seán Dr. 2006. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005-2006." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 64(2): p. 7.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2006. "One Hundred Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 136: p. 28.