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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attachment Loop
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Loop Handle
Alternate Title: fragmentary handle
Work Type
7th-2nd century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
Archaic period to Hellenistic
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Cast, lost-wax process
3.9 x 3.8 cm (1 9/16 x 1 1/2 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: XRF data from Tracer
Alloy: Bronze
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: iron, silver

K. Eremin, January 2014

Technical Observations: The patina is a lumpy green and red. One tip is broken off, while lamellar cracking is present on the remaining end. The object was cast and wrought to shape the curve as well as to shape and flatten the ends.

Carol Snow (submitted 2002)

Miss Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, Boston, MA and Miss Margaret Norton, Cambridge, MA (by 1920), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1920.

Note: The Misses Norton were daughters of Charles Elliot Norton (1827-1908).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Misses Norton
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This small rod, circular in section, is bent into a horseshoe shape. One end appears to be intact and has been flattened into a leaf shape. It is possible that this loop was used as an attachment loop linking a handle to a situla, or bucket, where the loop would have been attached to the situla, while the handle would have been attached to this loop (1).


1. Compare a situla at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, inv. no. MS 1509; see J. M. Turfa, Catalogue of the Etruscan Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia, 2005) 90, no. 14; and H. F. de Cou, “The Bronzes of the Argive Heraeum,” in The Argive Heraeum 2, ed. C. Waldstein (Boston, 1905) 191-332, esp. 288, nos. 2049-53, pl. 119, described as handles rather than attachments.

Lisa M. Anderson

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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