Bronze handle of a shallow basin
4th century B.C.
length 7 3/8in. (18.7cm)
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1978
The attachments at each end of the handle depict Nereids riding hippocamps (sea horses) and bringing a shield and a cuirass (body armor) to Achilles. Because the mythological reference is to the sea, the vase to which the handle belonged may have contained water—a podanypter (foot basin), for example.
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