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Terracotta flask in the form of a bust of a Nubian.
A flask in the form of a bust of a Nubian, naked, with layered hair; he wears a twisted necklace. The back is plain, but the hair is well shown behind. On top of the head is the carinated narrow mouth of the flask, flanked by pierced handles. The handles are worn in a way that indicates the flask was suspended for some time on a metal chain, perhaps for use in the baths.
Two-piece mould. Brown clay covered (except under the base) with an orange-brown slip.
- Production date
- 2ndC BC-1stC BC
Height: 9.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparanda. Close: 3660 below; Breccia 1930: no. 290; Dunand 1990: no. 999, dated Roman period; Török 1995: no. 223, dated first century ad and later. Near: Breccia 1930: pl. xxix:3 and 1934: no. 329; Fischer 1994: no. 1239, dated first century ad; Fjeldhagen 1995: no. 203, dated second half of second century ad; Pagenstecher 1913: pl. xxix:5. Several flasks in Fischer 1994 (nos 1236–8 and 1240–3) have similar handled mouths and are dated to the second and third century ad, as is Allen 1985: no. 125, from Karanis.
Bibliog. Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Cook 1995: 229; Fjeldhagen 1995: no. 203.
- On display (G70/dc29)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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