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Greece, Hellenistic Period, purportedly found in Lebanon, ca. 323 to 1st century BCE. An attractive ensemble of wheel-thrown terracotta vessels, one being an orange-hued spindle jar with a long neck, piriform body, and a rolled and flared rim. Another vessel has a squat pedestal foot with a bulbous body, thin neck, flared rim, and a blocked neck channel. There are also six other terracotta bottles, each with flat bases, piriform bodies, flared rims, and cylindrical necks with a deep red added pigment. All vessels would have been made as alternatives to glass, which at the time was very expensive to produce, and would have been used to hold small quantities of precious liquids - perhaps olive oil or lamp oil. Size of largest vessel: 2" W x 9.75" H (5.1 cm x 24.8 cm).

Provenance: private Carlton collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980

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Condition

All vessels have age-commensurate surface wear, minor nicks and scratches, and earthen and mineral deposits. Some have minor losses to rims, necks, bodies, and bases.

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Lot of 8 Hellenistic Terracotta Pottery Spindle Vessels

Estimate $400 - $600Apr 30, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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