Terracotta phiale (libation bowl)

Greek, South Italian, Apulian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This distinctive type of phiale with twelve egg-shaped cavities and relief decoration on the rim derives from metal prototypes introduced to Greece from the East during the Archaic period. The Hellenistic form is attested in very rare examples of silver. The numerous terracotta counterparts that survive are connected especially with Tarentum. Heads of orientals alternate with scrollwork around the outer edge.

Terracotta phiale (libation bowl), Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Apulian

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