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vessel-mould

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1873,0820.500

  • Description

    Fragment of clay mould for Calenian phiale.
    Very rough and indistinct; designs on outer side, the mould being apparently for a bowl with interior designs.
    On the left a table or stand on which is a basket of loaves (?); next, a representation of a small temple on a high stylobate, with angle-columns and gabled roof. Next, Eros to right with face to front, supporting from behind a draped figure, the type of a satyr supporting a drunken Heracles, who dances with head thrown back, holding a rod horizontally over left shoulder; on their right are a Maenad dancing to right, in cap and long girt chiton, and a nude woman dancing to the front, with drapery over her extended right arm, passing behind her, with a fold held up in left hand. On the right is the upper part of a Seilenos(?), with right hand muffled in drapery; in the field above, three rosettes. Above the design, inverted egg-pattern.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8 centimetres (max)
    • Diameter: 21.5 centimetres (rim)
  • Bibliography

    • Roman Pottery L121 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1873

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1873,0820.500

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