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Bronze handle of an oinochoe (jug)

early 5th century B.C.
maximum H. 5 9/16 in. (14.2 cm.) maximum width 3 9/16 in. (9.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1981
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
The top of the handle is decorated with the head of a lion, the bottom with the head of a panther skin. The choice of motifs juxtaposes a living with a skinned animal. It also places the three-dimensional and two-dimensional renderings where they are most appropriate for the vase shape.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1982. Notable Acquisitions 1981-1982. p. 10, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1982. "One Hundred Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1981 through June 30, 1982." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 112: p. 32.

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