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Bronze cista (toiletries box)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 325–300 B.C.
Culture:
Praenestine
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm); diameter 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.1a, b
  • Description

    The engraved frieze on the cylindrical container depicts a battle between Greeks and Amazons. The solid-cast feet are shaped like lion's paws but terminate in attachments depicting winged sirens. The engravings of two nude warriors on the lid, one standing and one seated, are modern additions, no doubt inspired by similar compositions frequently seen on mirrors. The cista handle is missing.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 51, fig. 154.

    Foerst, Gabriele. 1978. Die Gravierungen der pränestinischen Cisten. Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore, no. 40, pp. 146-47, pl. 31c.

    Bordenache Battaglia, Gabrielle and Prof. Adriana Emiliozzi. 1979. Le Ciste prenestine. Rome: Consiglio nazionle delle ricerche, no. 44, pp. 145-46, pls. 182-184.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Amazones Etruscae, no. 32a.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 6.43, pp. 191, 205.

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