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cista

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1884,0614.33

  • Description

    Bronze casket (cista) engraved with a scene of Bellerophon (Melerpanta) holding Pegasus by the reins. The handle is cast in the form of a girl holding a perfume bottle, and a young man with oil-flask and scraper (strigil). The feet have lion's paws surrounded by sphinxes. Ladies' toilet articles were kept in such caskets.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 325BC-275BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 centimetres (cista)
    • Width: 25 centimetres (cista)
    • Height: 14.5 centimetres (figures)
    • Width: 11.5 centimetres (figures)
  • Bibliography

    • Bronze 640 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G71/dc31

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1977, London, BM, Animals in Art
    1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
    2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1884

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1884,0614.33

Bronze casket (cista) engraved with a scene of Bellerophon holding Pegasus by the reins. The handle is cast in the form of a girl holding a perfume bottle, and a young man with oil-flask and scraper (strigil). The feet have lion's paws surrounded by sphinxes. Ladies' toilet articles were kept in such caskets.

Bronze casket (cista) engraved with a scene of Bellerophon holding Pegasus by the reins. The handle is cast in the form of a girl holding a perfume bottle, and a young man with oil-flask and scraper (strigil). The feet have lion's paws surrounded by sphinxes. Ladies' toilet articles were kept in such caskets.

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