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Terracotta Megarian bowl

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Pergamene (?)
Medium:
Terracotta; mold made
Dimensions:
h. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)

H. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.1886
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Narrow bands of tiny rosettes and interlocking ivy above a zone of alternating long petals, acanthus leaves and rosettes. On medallion, an eight petal rosette framed by two ridges.

The reddish-brown glaze of this bowl, similar to that on 17.194.1825 nearby, suggests it was made in Asia Minor, and perhaps more specifically, Pergamon. Red-ware, as this type of pottery is called, had a relatively short period of production. It was ultimately supplanted by red-glossed Roman terra-sigillata and Arrentine pottery beginning around the middle of the 1st century B.C. Examples of such later wares may be seen in case 49 in this gallery.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 76, p. 271, pl. 339.6, Paris.

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