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Bronze stirring rod

Period:
Hellenistic or Early Imperial
Date:
ca. 2nd century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Culture:
Greek or Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 18.39 cm.
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5439
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This instrument was used for mixing ointments or cosmetics. The central disk both served as a lid for the bottle containing the mixture and helped to keep the rod upright.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXVIII, 5, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4831, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 871, p. 299, New York: Gilliss Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 69-70, fig. 87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 69-70, fig. 87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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