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Ancient Art

Megarian bowl

Ca. 150–100 B.C.

Terracotta

8 × 13.3 cm (3 1/8 × 5 1/4 in.)
Gift of Rebecca Darlington Stoddard
1913.199
The ribbed pattern of this bowl is based on a floral design, consisting of long petals radiating from the bottom of the bowl. The inscription gives the name of the maker of the mold, POLEMONOS. Athenian development and manufacture of this class of bowl is suggested by the discovery of molds used to make them in excavations at the Athenian Agora. The type was later popular in Boeotia, Delos, and elsewhere, occurring as well in Italian bowls. The pattern was adapted to silver and glass vessels, as for example the glass bowl by Ennion.
Culture: 
Greek, Attic
Period: 
Late Hellenistic
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Acquired in Salonika; ex. coll. Dr. Paul Arndt, Munich

Bibliography: 

Professor Paul V. C. Baur, Catalogue of the Rebecca Darlington Stoddard Collection of Greek and Italian Vases at Yale University, 1st ed. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1922), 125–28, fig. 46.

Professor Paul V. C. Baur, “Megarian Bowls in the Rebecca Darlington Stoddard Collection of Greek and Italian Vases in Yale University,” American Journal of Archaeology (1941): 236–38, pl. XI, fig. 6.

Susan B. Matheson and Jerome Jordan Pollitt, Greek Vases at Yale, 1st ed., exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1975), 91, no. 73, ill.

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