H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
diameter 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1959
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Colorless with olive green tinge. Vertical, uneven rim; body tapering downwards with slight convex curving side; rounded bottom. Below rim, a pair of conjoining horizontal wheel-cut grooves; another pair of grooves near top of body framing a wheel-abraded Greek inscription; below this, a wide band decorated with a quadriga racing to left towards two figures holding victory palms; behind the chariot is a building with three spires or gabled turrets and another palm; below the ground line, a band of wheel-abraded close-set diagonal lines and around the bottom another band of widely-spaced diagonal lines. In two places errors have been made in carving the inscription. Broken and restored from fragments with more than half missing; few bubbles; little weathering.
The cut decoration commemorates a victorious charioteer in his quadriga. His name, Eutych[ides], is inscribed in Greek. His horses are also named, and three of the four are still legible: Arethousios (named after a famous, fast-flowing stream), Neilos (the River Nile), and Pyripnous (Fire-breather).
Inscription: Charioteer's name, Eutyches or Eutychides, inscribed in Greek, as are the horses's names.
Said to be from Egypt
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