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Silver stemless cup

late 4th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian
H.: 1 1/4 x 5 7/16 in. (3.2 x 13.8 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
In 1895 the tomb of a Gallic warrior was excavated in a necropolis at Montefortino, about thirty miles west of Ancona in central Italy. The cemetery is that of Gauls who in the fourth century B.C. began to invade central Italy and to stage raids as far south as Apulia. The tomb contained iron weapons, bronze and terracotta vessels, and also a gold ring and five silver vessels that must have been brought as loot from another part of Italy. The hoard includes a silver jug (08.258.51), a silver bowl with swinging handles (08.258.50), a pair of stemless silver cups decorated on the inside with a complex floral pattern (08.258.52–.53), and a silver kyathos (cup-shaped ladle) with a handle that terminates in a duck's head (08.258.54).
Found at Montefortino, Italy in 1895

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 127, 267, pl. 107d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. and Kurt Luckner. 1977. Silver for the Gods: 800 Years of Greek and Roman Silver. no. 32, pp. 64-65, Toledo, Ohio: Jutta-Annette Page.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 113, pp. 11-12, 62-63.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1987. Studien zu Alexandrinischer und Grossgriechischer Toreutik frühhellenistischer Zeit, Archäologische Forschungen 16. p. 180, n. 1314, Berlin: Mann.

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