Greek, about 225-175
Made in Athens, Greece; from Thebes, Greece
A scene showing the abduction of Persephone by Hades
The scene on this vase illustrates the
Small, deep, mould-made bowls of this type were produced in many parts of the Hellenistic world, but may have originated in Athens, inspired by silver bowls imported from Egypt. The technique of production involved centring a mould on a wheel and then throwing the vase inside it. In this case, an extended lip has been thrown on above the moulded section. The allusions to Greek poetry and myth on this bowl are echoed on several others of this type and suggest that they may have been designed to appeal to a well-educated customer.
S. Rotroff, Hellenistic pottery: Athenian, The Athenian Agora, vol. XXII (Princeton, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1982)
D. Williams, Greek vases (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)
Height: 10.500 cm