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Bronze cista (toiletries box)

ca. 325–275 B.C.
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Courtland Field Bishop, 1922
Accession Number:
22.84.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The engraved cylindrical frieze shows Hercules, wearing his lion skin and brandishing his club as he fights the Amazons with fellow Greek warriors. On the lid, dragon- and horse-headed sea monsters flank a dolphin. The solid-cast lion's-paw feet have attachments in the shape of a crouching lion. The handle shows a nude man and woman standing with their outer arms akimbo.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 51-52, fig. 156, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Foerst, Gabriele. 1978. Die Gravierungen der pränestinischen Cisten. no. 42, pp. 148-49, pl. 33a, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

Bordenache Battaglia, Gabrielle and Prof. Adriana Emiliozzi. 1979. Le Ciste prenestine. no. 43, pp. 143-45, pls. 179-81, Rome: Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Amazones Etruscae," pp. 658–59, no. 28a, pl. 529, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Boosen, Monika. 1986. Etruskische Meeresmischwesen: Untersuchungen zu Typologie und Bedeutung. no. 1/1, p. 163, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.42, pp. 183, 191, 203–5, 212, 224, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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