Bronze handle from a cista (toiletry box)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

These solid-cast handles depict a popular subject in Etruscan art, warriors carrying the body of a fallen comrade from the battlefield. In these two examples, all the figures are nude, but some handles show them wearing armor, and occasionally the carriers are given wings, indicating that they are the personifications of Sleep and Death.

Bronze handle from a cista (toiletry box), Bronze, Praenestine

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