- 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
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
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