Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta Megarian bowl

ca.165–100 B.C.
Greek, probably Asia Minor
Terracotta; mold made
h. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm); d. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1945
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This finely made bowl is decorated in relief with a lesbian-leaf molding (a vegetal motif named for the island of Lesbos) banded by a row of small beads and a raised ridge. Below, meanders serve as a backdrop to a procession of Erotes, who step between jeweled long petals of alternating lengths that surround an exceptionally ornate triple rosette foot-medallion.

Notable on this bowl are the long petals, which are normally of uniform length, and the highly unusual pairing of this ornament with figural decoration. Although it is believed that the long petal motif was introduced to mold-made ceramics around 165 B.C. by Corinthian potters, the particular style of the lesbian-leaf molding on this bowl associates it with Ionian workshops in Asia Minor where it appears to have been a popular variant.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 132, 271, pl. 111d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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, fig. 7.

Related Objects

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Date: mid-4th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 25.190 On view in:Gallery 158

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Date: late 10th–early 9th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 30.118.1 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Date: late 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 27.228 On view in:On view

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Date: ca. 540–530 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 2010.147 On view in:Gallery 155

Terracotta aryballos (oil flask)

Date: ca. 570 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 26.49 On view in:Gallery 155