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Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bucket with a Hunting Scene

6th century
Made in Eastern Mediterranean
Brass, hammered, lathe-turned, chased, and ring-punched; handle cast separately and hammered into shape
H: 4 3/16 in. (10.7 cm); diam: 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (32553)
Not on view
Richly animated animals are part of a hunt, a favorite activity of the elite in the Byzantine world. The inscription in Greek, "Use this in good health, master, for many good years happily," identifies the bucket as being for domestic use, possibly for the elaborate rituals of the bath.
Inscription: In Greek, below the rim: Use this in good health, master, for many good years happily
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.