Terracotta flaring bowl on stand

2nd–1st century B.C.
Greek, Asia Minor
Terracotta; white-ground
h. with stand 9 in. (22.9 cm); h. without stand 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.199.11a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The unusual shape of this bowl, with flaring foot and rim, and bell shaped contour resembles an attenuated calyx krater without handles. While exact parallels for the form of this vessel are scarce, its decoration of swags and bows tied with olives are motifs that find close correspondance on Lagynos ware, as demonstrated by 47.11.1 in this case. The stand on which this bowl rests may be a small incense burner, suggested by its similarity to such objects also from Sardis.
From Sardis, Tomb 621

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 270, pl. 110g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Rotroff, Susan Prof. 2003. The Hellenistic Pottery from Sardis: The Finds though 1994. p. 199, pl. 135a, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.