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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1925.30.121
Title
Weight or Finial
Classification
Unidentified
Date
mid 1st Millennium BCE
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/292356
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Lead
Dimensions
3.3 × 3.5 cm (1 5/16 × 1 3/8 in.)
Provenance
Joseph Clark Hoppin, Boston, MA (by 1925), bequest; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1925.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
1925
Object Number
1925.30.121
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Convex lead object of unknown purpose (perhaps a weight or a finial of a staff), with a perforation of circular section (1.5 cm diameter) in its vertical axis.
Commentary
This is quite likely the "capocchia di piombo, servita forse per pomo di bastone" from the tomb at Poggio Sommavilla, Italy, whose contents Joseph Clark Hoppin acquired in Rome in 1897.

See:
A. Pasqui, “X. Poggio Sommavilla,” Notizie degli scavi di antichità comunicate alla R. Accademia dei Lincei (Rome: Accademia nazionale dei Lincei, 1896), 488, no. 4.
Paola Santoro, ed., Civiltà arcaica dei Sabini nella valle del Tevere, III: Rilettura critica della necropoli di Poggia Sommavilla (Rome: Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche, 1977), 87, fig. 25.

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