Bronze patera (shallow bowl with handle), Bronze, Etruscan

Bronze patera (shallow bowl with handle)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); diameter 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1903
Accession Number:
03.24.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The handle of this patera depicts a beautiful winged female, probably an Etruscan lasa. These nymph-like creatures are often associated with the goddess Turan, the Etruscan version of the Roman Venus, but they also act as facilitators for lovers and guardians of innocent victims, especially children. This lasa cradles a drinking horn in her left hand.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 598, pp. 180–81, 217–18, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 137, fig. 87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 176–77, fig. 121, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 176–77, fig. 121, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 53, fig. 161, New York: Marchbanks Press.

1992. Vol. 6: Kentauroi-Oiax Lasa, no. 47, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.27, pp. 182, 190, 192–93, 237, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.