London, South Kensington
20 October 1999
A LATE HELLENISTIC BRONZE CISTA FOOT IN THE FORM OF A SIREN
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
The upper body in the form of a winged siren with chased feathers, each pierced for attachment (one rivet intact), emerging out of a calyx surmounting a lion's leg and paw, mounted
2.7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) high
Formerly in the Dr Hugh Alderson Fawcett (1891-1982) Collection; white ink inscription on reverse "Italy. Y1.35.HF".
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Cf. M. Comstock and C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1971, p. 326, no. 457 for a similar lion-headed cista foot.
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