Description This sinuous animal formed the handle of a lid to a vessel, perhaps a situla (pail) or cista (cylindrical container). The head is that of a panther, while the curve of the body has become so pronounced that it resembles a weasel. The Etruscan love of animals inspired their craftsmen to adorn many simple household objects with decorative animal imagery.
Provenance Madame E. Warneck Collection Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 1905, no. 257 (?) Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1905, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905
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