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Bronze finial with the head of Medusa

1st century A.D.
Bronze, silver
Overall: 4 3/8 x 3 13/16 x 3 13/16 in. (11.1 x 9.7 x 9.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Darby Nock Bequest, in memory of Gisela M. A. Richter, 1967
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
This heavy bronze finial originally encased a piece of timber, made of cedar wood. It probably comes from a ship.
Said to have been from Rome

Until 1967, London art market; [1967, purchased by Mathias Komor, New York]; acquired in 1967, purchased from Mathias Komor.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1968. "Reports of the Departments." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 27(2): pp. 101–2.

Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts. 1981. Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York : de Ramsès à Picasso. no. 56, p. 60, Paris: Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Gorgones Romanae, no. 103, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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