Red-ware Egyptian pottery goblet, mould-made and painted. Lower body sherd with an applied sprig, the sprig was made in a plaster mould. Thick creamy white slip inside and out. Standing in front of a horse or donkey, the head of which is lost, is a man holding up a woman, who supports herself with her arms round his neck. The man is naked and the woman wears only a short cloak; both are engaged in mutual sexual intercourse. The horse is painted black, the man a deep orange-brown colour; the woman's left leg and arm, and her face are reserved in the creamy white slip. Some black paint picks out details of the features of the woman and man and their hair, and also decorates the cloak. Dark red-brown Nile silt, perhaps with mica and with white sand inclusions.
- Production date
- 200BC- 30BC
Length: 5.80 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Marked on the inside 'Naucratis'.
Parallel from Naukratis 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 pls 9-11; goblet 1C 81-82, pl. 11; table amphora 2 82-84, pls 12-15; other form 84-85 pl. 15). This is part of Bailey's group 1B. 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
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 588 (Accession Number)