Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A PAIR OF ETRUSCAN BRONZE STAMNOS HANDLES
CIRCA LATE 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
The handle-plates in the form of lanceolate leaves, each with a head of Silenus filling the pointed end, with a long flowing beard and moustache, a snub nose and upturned equine ears, palmettes and tendrils above, the upturned handles fluted
Each: 5 in. (12.7 cm) long (2)
Acquired by the owner's grandfather in Rome and brought to the U.S. in the late 1940s.
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For a similar example see no. 201 in Mitten and Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World.
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