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stemmed dish / drinking-cup

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  • Description

    Black glazed pottery stemmed dish with a circular foot marked with grooves around the stem and reserved on the side of the foot and part of the base, convex shaped body with a torus shaped lip, the edge of the lip is damaged, surface pitted, the glaze is worn and chipped in places.

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  • Materials

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 8.1 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 1046 bibliographic details
    • Msc 1046 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Register notes that it was found unregistered but acquired before 1851 and that there was a paper label marked Hn Rm, indicating that it was exhibited in the Hamilton Room and was probably part of the Hamilton Collection.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Object reference number: GAA66366

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