Bronze handle of a shallow basin


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

The attachments at each end of the handle depict Nereids riding hippocamps (sea horses) and bringing a shield and a cuirass (body armor) to Achilles. Because the mythological reference is to the sea, the vase to which the handle belonged may have contained water—a podanypter (foot basin), for example.

Bronze handle of a shallow basin, Bronze, Greek

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