The decorative motifs on this unglazed, hemispherical bowl are hallmarks of the workshop of C. Popilius: a row of beads below which are zones of garlands and shields; grape clusters and leaves; garlands suspended from bucrania interspersed with theatrical masks; and finally, a frieze of small satyr heads. A bowl signed by Popilius in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with similar decoration, contains an inscription indicating that it was made in central Italy, suggesting perhaps the bowl in this case was also manufactured in the same region.
Signature: signed by C. Popilius
Moevs, Maria Teresa Marabini. 1980. "Italo-Megarian Ware at Cosa." Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, 34: pl.17, 5.
Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 198, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.