- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Crescent-Shaped Object with Three Half Spheres
- Other Titles
- Alternate Title: small package of Etruscan fragments (small decorative loop)
- Work Type
- 1st century BCE-1st century CE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, North Italy
- Roman period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Copper alloy
- Cast, lost-wax process
- 1.1 x 1.8 cm (7/16 x 11/16 in.)
- Technical Details
Technical Observations: The patinas of both 1920.44.238 and 1920.44.239 are green and black. The surfaces of both are porous and pitted. There are casting flaws, including a crack in 1920.44.238. The objects were cast solid, possibly from the same mold, although casting flaws make this determination difficult.
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 openwork object consists of a semicircular section and a straight section with a row of three hollow spheres, open on the bottom, forming a pelta shape. This may be a decorative element, possibly of a belt (1).
1. Compare the examples in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, inv. nos. Fr. 1552 x and 30891 ff, the latter of which was found in a grave dated to the early first century CE; see R. Zahn, “Das sogenannte Kindergrab des Berliner Antiquariums,” Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 65-66 (1950-51): 264-86, esp. 266, fig. 2.
Lisa M. Anderson
- Subjects and Contexts
- Related Works
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