A Greek Late Archaic Bronze Jug with Zoomorphic Handle
Bronze, Archaic, late 6th century B.C.E.
This globular vessel is richly ornamented, even on its underside, which displays an elaborate floral motif. The figured handle is composed of a male lion attacking a fallen quadruped that is being attacked by two raptors. The base plate of the handle is decorated with the frontal head of a gorgon flanked by two recumbent winged sphinxes. Such elaborate handles more commonly appear on hydriai, examples of which can also be seen in this case.
Text from the Metropolitan Museum card.