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.
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de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.45b, pp. 207, 290, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.