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Handle in the Form of a Man Holding Lions
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Handle in the Form of a Man Holding Lions


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Description This handle in the form of a nude male athlete was part of a metal "oinochoe," or jug, with a trefoil mouth, many of which were manufactured in the Peloponnese, renowned for its metallurgists. A nude male is holding the tails of two lionesses, which were attached on the lip of the vessel, while trampling a "gorgoneion," the head of the Medusa, who turned whoever looked at her face into stone. His domination over the lions suggests that he is a deity, perhaps the god Apollo.
Provenance Carmichael Sale, London, 1926, no. 330; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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second half 6th century BCE (Archaic)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.912
Measurements
5 7/8 x 4 9/16 x 3 9/16 in. (15 x 11.6 x 9.1 cm)
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