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Terracotta phiale (libation bowl)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 250–200 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta; Volsinian Silvered Ware
Dimensions:
H. 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm); diameter 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.195
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The interiors are enlivened with modeled vines or fanciful vegetal motifs reminiscent of modern wedding-cake decorations. At the center of each phiale, within a fluted medallion, is a frontal Silenos head.
de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.72a, pp. 208, 229, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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