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Terracotta Megarian bowl

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 150–75 B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold made
Dimensions:
h. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm);d. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.79
  • Description

    inscribed "C. Popilius"

    The decorative motifs on this unglazed, hemispherical bowl are hallmarks of the workshop of C. Popilius: a row of beads below which are zones of garlands and shields; grape clusters and leaves; garlands suspended from bucrania interspersed with theatrical masks; and finally, a frieze of small satyr heads. A bowl signed by Popilius in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with similar decoration, contains an inscription indicating that it was made in central Italy, suggesting perhaps the bowl in this case was also manufactured in the same region.

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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