Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

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Fragment of limestone column-necking decorated with lotus moulding.  This fragment only shows the edge of clynical flowers of a lotus and a bud. The flower's blossom is slightly slimmer and is more widely swung that that of B394a, yet the two may still be

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1886,0401.28

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Sculpture B394b

Bibliographic reference
Villing et al 2013-2015 AA.06 (Phase 3)
Sculpture B394b
Koenigs 2007 Cat. no.4b, p.315-316; pl.6, 7, 29

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Object types
column (all objects)

Materials
limestone (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
painted (?) (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Naukratis (scope note | all objects)
(Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Naukratis)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot First Temple of Apollo (all objects)
(Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Kom Geif,Naukratis,Sanctuary of Apollo,First Temple of Apollo)
Date
575BC - 560BC
Period/Culture
Archaic Greek (scope note | all objects)


Description
Fragment of limestone column-necking decorated with lotus moulding.
This fragment only shows the edge of clynical flowers of a lotus and a bud. The flower's blossom is slightly slimmer and is more widely swung that that of B394a, yet the two may still belong to the same column. The limestone is light coloured and fine-grained. Traces of red paint.

Dimensions
Height: 7.5 centimetres (max)
Width: 11.5 centimetres (max)
Thickness: 4.7 centimetres
Length: 9.5 centimetres
Height: 7 centimetres


Curator's comments
This fragment, just as B 394a, can be attributed to the same kind of column necking as B393. This fragment and B394a differ in their execution but may well belong to different columns within the same group of columns. The design of the lotus-blossom sepal slightly differs from B394a as it has slimmer petals and is wider swung than the latter (Koenigs 2007, 315-316).

Published (Koenigs 2007, 315f. Cat. 4; Petrie 1886, 5f. Pl. 3; Holtfester 2001, 294)


Subject
plant (all objects)


Acquisition date
1886

Acquisition name
Donated by Egypt Exploration Fund (biographical details | all objects)
Excavated by Egypt Exploration Fund (biographical details | all objects)


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