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Bronze crab

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/2in. (5.7 x 16.5 x 14cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. John Moscahlaidis Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.11.69
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The hole at the top of the carapace indicates that the crab served as a furniture attachment or as a base, possibly for a lamp. The naturalistic articulation presupposes firsthand observation of a live specimen.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1992–1993: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 51(2): p. 14.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1993. "One Hundred Twenty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1992 through June 30, 1993." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 123: p. 29.

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