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Lot 90, Auction 5/30/2017: Fine Megarian Redware Mastoid Cup

Greece, Hellenistic Period, ca. late 3rd to 1st century BCE. A redware pottery bowl with a deep red color and impressed simple stamp design around the interior base. These Megarian style bowls, by being mold-made rather than thrown on a wheel, allowed artisans to produce bowls with intricate stamped designs that we believe are in imitation of more expensive metal bowls. They were made to be owned by people aspiring to wealth, or least an appearance of it. Bowls like this one were used as drinking cups, replacing the kantharos. Size: 5.55" W x 3.5" H (14.1 cm x 8.9 cm)

Condition: Intact, with some very minor staining in places to the pigment

Provenance: ex-New York Collection

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