Ancient Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 2nd century BCE. Of fine red clay, mold-made and black-glazed, the base centered by a rosette with a human/deity visage in the center, a frieze above depicting an egg-and-dart pattern. Most of the external surface is covered with relief decoration, including radiating palms and tendrils. Megarian ware was the Greek forerunner to the Roman 'Samian' ware, which was also known as Terra sigillata. During the Hellenistic period (3rd to 1st cent. BC), vessels of chased metals were greatly sought after and potters of the time tried to imitate the form and decoration. The usual decoration would be naturalistic motifs, such as palmettes and rosettes, but sometimes wine cups, animals, cherubs and human/deity figures were also depicted. The usual form of Megarian ware is the small hemispherical bowl with a red, brown or black slip but such bowls are becoming increasingly scarce on the antiquities market. Custom stand. Size: 2.125" L x 3.75" in diameter (5.4 cm x 9.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection
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