- Museum number
Rim, body, and handle sherd of Samian pottery mug, possibly a Hera cup; interior: very narrow reserved band at rim, glazed (fired red and worn) below; exterior: reserved upper part of body and interior surface of handle; glazed (fired red and worn lower part of cup and exterior surface of handle.
- Production date
- 600BC-570BC (circa)
Thickness: 0.25 - 0.40 centimetres (Schlotzhauer 2012)
Diameter: 10.80 centimetres (rim; Schlotzhauer 2012)
Height: 6.30 centimetres (Schlotzhauer 2012)
Height: 6.70 centimetres (with handle; Schlotzhauer 2012)
Height: 6.50 centimetres
Thickness: 0.40 centimetres
Width: 7 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