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Bronze handle

late 6th century B.C.
H.: 1 1/8 x 3 7/16 in. (2.9 x 8.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
This handle would have been one of two that held the bail of a situla (pail). A situla appears on the adjacent cup by Douris (1986.322.1). The projections that secured the handle to the vase are in the form of hippalektrya, composite creatures that are part horse and part cock.
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1990. Vol. 5: Herakles-Kenchrias. Hippalektryon, no. 16, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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