Bronze cista (toiletries box)

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 325–275 B.C.

Culture: Praenestine

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Gift of Courtland Field Bishop, 1922

Accession Number: 22.84.2a, b


The engraved cylindrical frieze shows Hercules, wearing his lion skin and brandishing his club as he fights the Amazons with fellow Greek warriors. On the lid, dragon- and horse-headed sea monsters flank a dolphin. The solid-cast lion's-paw feet have attachments in the shape of a crouching lion. The handle shows a nude man and woman standing with their outer arms akimbo.