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Ewer with Haloed Child and Sphinxes


Roman Egyptian
1st century BCE - 1st century
21.1 cm (8 5/16 in.)
bronze with silver inlays
BZ.1923.3

Not on view


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Description
The bronze ewer is decorated in low relief and inlaid with silver. On the front is a child with a halo, flanked by confronted sphinxes. The sphinxes are repeated at the back where originally there was a handle. Below is a frieze of birds and flowers, and on the shoulder a frieze of lions. Around the neck are two storks, holding snakes in their beaks, flanking an eagle with a wreath, sitting on a capital. The subjects represented on the jug may have a funerary significance.


Bibliography
B. Segall, "The Dumbarton Oaks Collection," American Journal of Archaeology 45 (1941), esp. 10, fig. 2, 3.

H. Swarzenski, "The Dumbarton Oaks Collection," The Art Bulletin
23 (1941): 77-79, esp. 78.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University, Handbook of the Collection, (Washington, D.C., 1946), 40, no. 66.

The Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University, (Washington, D.C., 1955), 36, no. 66.

G. M. A. Richter, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Catalogues (Cambridge, 1956), 36-38, no. 19, pl. XVII.

Handbook of the Byzantine Collection, (Washington, D.C., 1967), 27, no. 93.

D. K. Hill, Greek and Roman Metalware: A Loan Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Walters Art Gallery, February 14-April 14, 1976, (Baltimore, 1976), no. 33.


Exhibition History
London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, "Ancient Greek Art," 1903.

Worcester, Worcester Art Museum, "Art of the Dark Ages," Feb. 19 - Mar. 29, 1937.

Cambridge, Fogg Museum, "A Selection of Ivories, Bronzes, Metalwork and Other Objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 1945.

Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, "Greek and Roman Metalware," Feb. 14 - Apr. 14, 1976.


Acquisition History
Fitzhenry Collection.

Purchased from Brummer.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.