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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Replica of Stylus with Kouros Finial from the Berlin Museum
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Work Type
Creation Place: Unidentified Region
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Physical Descriptions

Mixed copper alloy
15.9 x 1.5 x 1 cm (6 1/4 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Mixed Copper Alloy:
Cu, 69.34; Sn, 1.97; Pb, 2.68; Zn, 24.36; Fe, 1.14; Ni, 0.22; Ag, 0.04; Sb, 0.08; As, 0.16; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, less than 0.01; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
J. Riederer

Technical Observations: The stylus appears to be a modern fabrication, as there is little evidence indicating antiquity. The piece appears to be intact. The surface is shiny metal with a thin dark-brown layer.

Henry Lie

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Max Loehr
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This stylus is a modern piece based on an Etruscan original from Orvieto currently in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (1). The finial is a nude youth with a piriform shape on top of his head (compare 1920.44.232). The figure’s arms are held out from his side, although they are attached to the body at the hips; he holds an object in his left hand. The legs are held together. The figure is modeled in the round, like the original. The figure’s feet connect to the top of the rod, similar in appearance to a round base and also having a beaded border. The shaft of the pin has spiral fluting, also like the original. The two differ most noticeably in the shape of the tip; the Harvard copy seems to have a longer, unfluted tip than the Berlin original.


1. Inv. no. Misc. 7265; see V. Kästner, ed., Etrusker in Berlin: Etruskische Kunst in der Berliner Antikensammlung (Berlin, 2010) 116 and 118, fig. 11.5.

David Smart

Subjects and Contexts

  • Ancient Bronzes

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