Italy, Etruscan, early 4th Century BC / Cista Handle:  Sleep and Death Carrying off the Slain Sarpedon / early 4th Century BCItaly, Etruscan, early 4th Century BC
Cista Handle: Sleep and Death Carrying off the Slain Sarpedon
early 4th Century BC

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Etruscan
Creator Dates/Places: Italy
Creator Active Place: Italy
Creator Name-CRT: Italy, Etruscan, early 4th Century BC
Title: Cista Handle: Sleep and Death Carrying off the Slain Sarpedon
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -39
Creation End Date: -36
Creation Date: early 4th Century BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: with base: 18.5cm x 18.3cm, without base: 14cm x 17.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1945.13
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: The Etruscans, a mysterious people who lived in northern Italy, loved Greek mythology and used it as subject matter in their works of art.The two winged figures, Sleep and Death, bend respectfully and tenderly toward their burden---Zeus's son, 'godlike Sarpedon of the brazen helmet,' who died on the battlefield at Troy. According to Homer's Iliad, the young prince had led a band of warriors from Lycia (in southern Turkey) to help King Priam repulse the Greek attack. Apollo, at Zeus's request sent his winged messengers to gather the limp body, bathe and anoint it, and carry it home for burial.This bronze was once the handle of a large jewelry box called a cista.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1945.13
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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