- Museum number
Rim and body sherd of Samian pottery mug, possibly a Hera cup; interior: reserved band at rim, glazed black below; exterior: narrow black band at rim; upper body reserved save for two possibly accidental drip marks; streaky black zone on lower wall.
- Production date
- 600BC-580BC (circa)
Thickness: 0.34 - 0.49 centimetres
Diameter: 14 centimetres (rim)
Height: 9 centimetres (Schlotzhauer 2012)
Height: 8.90 centimetres
Width: 9.35 centimetres (Schlotzhauer 2012)
Width: 9.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The shape of the mug is typical of Hera cups from this period. Several examples have been found in the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Miletus (Schlotzhauer 2013, who places it in a group without dedications), and thus this shape is not exclusive to Hera. However, the coarse fabric and slip, and its application, are all features of inscribed Hera cups; given the size of the sherd, it is entirely possible that any dedication was elsewhere on the piece.
For parallels with Hera cups, see British Museum 1888,0601.401, 1888, 0601.402, 1888.0601.403, and 1888,0601.405.
Following Furtwängler's typology of Samian Hera cups, the sherd belongs with his Type I-III (Furtwängler 1989, 88, fig. 14).
Furtwängler, A.E. and Kienast, H.J. 1989, Samos III: Der Nordbau im Heraion von Samos, Bonn.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Previously unregistered.
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number