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forgery / amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pottery amphora with the outlines of fake red figure decoration.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10.75 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Jones 1990
    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.


  • Bibliography

    • Jones 1990a 150d bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


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