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Terracotta Megarian bowl

2nd century B.C.
Greek, probably Boeotian
Terracotta; mold made
h. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Meander border framed by ridges, above a Dionysiac scene with trees, maenads, and saytrs.

Mold-made bowls from Boeotia are often decorated in relief with Homeric themes and subjects drawn from Classical Greek tragedy. Although this bowl depicts a bucolic Dionysiac revel, its shape and the egg and dart wreath surrounding its foot suggest it too was made in Boeotia. The relief on the base is badly worn, but it could portray either Dionysos or a satyr crowned with grape leaves, as either would make a suitable counterpart to the primary figural scene on the bowl.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. and Carlos A. Picón. 2015. "A Fragment of a Mold-Pressed Glass Bowl in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Journal of Glass Studies, 57: p. 26.

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