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Terracotta Megarian bowl

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 150–100 B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold made
Dimensions:
h. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); d. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.284
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The relief patterns decorating this bowl are often found on wares produced by some of the more well attested makers of hemispherical plain fired pottery. Shields, for example, were a motif particularly favored by C. Popilius, as seen on the bowl in this case that bears his signature (96.18.79). The wave ornament and zone of long petals on this bowl however, find parallels on vessels signed by Lapius, a contemporary of Popilius. This unsigned bowl was probably made by a potter associated with both of these workshops.
Moevs, Maria Teresa Marabini. 1980. "Italo-Megarian Ware at Cosa." Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, 34: pl. 20, 1.

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