8 June 2004
A GREEK BRONZE PATERA HANDLE
LATE ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 500 B.C.
In the form of a kouros, standing with his legs together, the feet flexed and resting on the head of a ram, his hair falling in a thick mass onto his shoulders, his raised arms and head joined to the back of two reclining rams surmounted by a voluted catch-plate, a curving palmette above once joined to the bowl, some details incised
10 in. (25.4 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 14 July 1986, lot 148.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1988 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. V, part 1, no. 15).
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C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-06.
For a complete patera with a nearly identical handle in the Royal Ontario Museum, see no. 76 in Mitten and Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World. The majority of these handles are thought to have been made in Greek workshops in South Italy.
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