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Fragment of a closed vessel. Applique decoration showing a man wearing a tunic and carrying a pole from which hang amphorae (only one side of pole remaining). Red paint on hands and face, white paint on tunic. Lower body sherd with an applied sprig: both sprig and sherd are of an orange-brown Nile silt with an overall internal buff slip and an external cream-coloured slip on areas of the relief. There is little or no mica. The sprig was probably formed in a plaster mould. The decoration shows a striding man moving to right, carrying an amphora on a pole or yoke, supported by his right hand holding a handle of the jar. He wears a short tunic, girt at the waist. The amphora is probably of Hellenistic shape; there may have been another jar to balance the scene. The tunic and the amphora are coated with the cream slip. The man's face and the surviving arm, and leg including the foot, are painted red; his hair and the pole are coloured black.
- Production date
- 200BC- 30BC
Height: 5.70 centimetres
Width: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Published by Bailey as part of an Alexandria produced group of goblets, amphorae and other forms dating to the 2nd century BC, found at Alexandria and Naukratis (Bailey 2011, 71-93: Goblet 1A 74-77, pls 2-8; Goblet 1B 77- 81 pls9-11; Goblet 1C 81-82, pl. 11; Table Amphora 2 82-84, pls 12-15; other form 84-85 pl. 15). Parallels have been given a wide variety of dates: ‘3rd to 4th century AD’ Kom es-Shugafa, Alexandria (Pagenstecher 1913, 130ff, pl. XLIII, 1 and 2; 133, fig. 141; pI. XLI V. 6; Guidotti 1980, 70-2. figs 11- 13; Rodzewicz 1985. Pl. I, 3 & 5), ‘ 2nd to 3rd century AD’ Egypt or Sudan (Hayes 1976. pl. 24, 191), ‘end 1st BC to beginning 1st century AD’ Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria (Rodziewicz 1976, 173. fig. 4. no. 6), ‘4th century AD’ Saqqara (Guidotti 1980, 65-81, pls I-II, plus parallels pls I-V), 2nd to 1st century BC context at Athribis (Południkiewcz 1992, 101, 12), ‘late 1st century BC, unprovenanced, in Louvre (Aubert & Cortopassi 1998, 158, no. 105), ‘1st century BC’ Diana theatre, Alexandria (Élaigne 1998, 105, fig. 2-12), ‘Late Ptolemaic’ Kom el-Dikka and Kom es-Shugafa, in Alexandria Greco-Roman Museum (Saad Rachwan 1998, 359-70), dated ‘Late Roman’, Naukratis (Leonard 2001, 194. fig. 3.7 and pl. 3.22).
Aubert, M. F. & Cortopassi, R. 1998. Vase paint, in Portraits de l’Égypte romaine, paris, 158.
Bailey, D. M. 2011. Drinking-goblets and table-amphorae groups of Ptolemaic painted pottery. CCE 9: 71-93.
Élaigne, S. 1998. Alexandrie –étude préliminaire d’un context céramique du Haut-Empire, in J-Y. Empereur (ed) Alexandrina I.
Guidotti, M. C. 1980, Alcuni vasi dipinti da Saqqara, EVO 3: 65-81.
Hayes, J. W. 1976. Roman pottery in the Royal Ontario Museum, A catalogue. Toronto.
Pagenstecher, R. 1913. Die griechisch-ägyptische sammlung Ernst von Sieglin II, 3,. Leipzig.
Południkiewcz, A. 1992. Imitations of Greek pottery in Tell Atrib, CCE 3: 95-101.
Rodziewicz, M. 1976. Un quartier d’habitation gréco-romain à Kom el-Dikka, Etud Trav 9: 170-210.
Rodziewicz, M. 1985. On the origins of the Coptic painted pottery in Kharga Oasis, in Mélanges Gamal Eddin Mokhtar II, BdE 97/2: 235-241, pls I-II.
Saad Rachwan, S. 1998. Un groupe de céramique à décor peit au Musée gréco-romain d’Alexandrie. Nouvelles données sur un atelier du Delta, in N. Bonacasa (ed.) L’Egitto in Italia dalla’antichità al medioevo, Atti dell III congress internazionale italoegiziano, Rome. 239-370.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from James Ede as part of a group of 10 pieces (2002.4-19.1 - 7; 2002.4-20.1; 2002.4-22.1 and 2002.4-23.1)
- Greek and Roman
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