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Silver phiale (libation bowl)

4th century B.C.
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) diameter 6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Although found together in Prusias (Bithynia), the pieces constitute a set of typical Greek drinking vessels of the 4th century B.C. The wine may been contained in the situla, with the ladle used for serving. Strainers filtered the impurities from the wine. The cup was for drinking, and the phiale, with delicate gilt decoration on the exterior, served for pouring the libation.
Said to be from Prusias, Bithynia

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 268, p. 68, pl. 100, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1982. The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue. no. S26, pp. 8-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 75, pp. 10, 26, 46-4.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1987. Studien zu Alexandrinischer und Grossgriechischer Toreutik frühhellenistischer Zeit, Archäologische Forschungen 16. pp. 77, 181, 247, Berlin: Mann.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 203, pp. 173, 441, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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