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Updated: 14 April 2015
forgery / amphora
Pottery amphora with the outlines of fake red figure decoration.
- Excavated/Findspot: Ruvo (said to be from)
- (Europe,Italy,Puglia,Bari (province),Ruvo (Puglia))
- Height: 10.75 centimetres
18th-century forgeries of ancient vases, jugs and lamps
The strong demand for interesting objects of antiquity was such that not only were direct copies made but plain ancient objects were enhanced by added decoration to increase their value to collectors.
This is one of two small black-glazed pots, both made in a Greek city in southern Italy during the fourth century BC, which has been 'improved', one with an added red painted design (registration no. 1978,0323.3), this example by scratching a figured scene through the glaze.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA19856
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