H. 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm); diameter 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 2001
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
The deep bowl originated in metal during the Hellenistic period and was reinterpreted in clay quickly and widely. The bust represents Dionysos, god of wine, an appropriately frequent subject for a drinking vessel. Pottery of this type is conventionally known as Calenian, after Cales, a site in Campania. Recent studies indicate that there were numerous centers of production in Italy and wide distribution to both the west and the east.
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc. 2001. Antiquities. December 5-6, 2001. lot 500, p. 181.
Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 2002. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2001-2002." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 60(2): pp. 8-9.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2002. "One Hundred Thirty-second Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 132: p. 19.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 249, pp. 213, 453, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.