|GREEK GILT BRONZE HANDLE: TWO TRITONESSES
Addorsed, their scaly tails intertwined to form the ring handle, each with the head and torso of a bare-breasted female with extended leonine paws. Very rare.
Mid-4th Century BC
L. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.)
Ex Royal-Athena, 1990; John Kluge collection, Charlottesville VA; J.M.E. collection, New York, reacquired at Christie’s, New York, June 2004.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 1992, no. 67; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2015, no. 18.
Exhibited: ‘Monsters, Demons, and Winged Beasts: Composite Creatures of the Ancient World’, Carlos Museum of Art, Emory University, Atlanta, February 5-June 19, 2011.