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Very Fine Greek Pottery Horse Rhyton w/ TL Report

East Greek, Phrygian, ca. 7th to 6th century BCE. A wonderful wheel-formed (note the fingermarks from pulling up the form on the wheel visible on the interior of the piece) and hand-modeled terracotta rhyton in the form of a horse head, replete with life-like features on the eyes, snout, and forehead as well as the raised ears and forelock. Remains of red and black pigment are visible underneath the deposits of time. A handle would have once been attached on the underside (the remains of which are still visible). Size: 10" L x 3.9" W x 3.9" H (25.4 cm x 9.9 cm x 9.9 cm)

Zoomorphic forms like this one were popular throughout the Classical world. For example, a Phrygian horse rhyton found at Gordion attests to Achaemenid influence from Persia. Rhytons like this example demonstrate the ancients' refined taste for special tableware, and this piece was probably used both as a drinking cup and as a pouring vessel to decant wine into drinking bowls during festive banquets.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Condition: Handle is an ancient loss. Mouth has been repaired and restored from multiple pieces; this is well done and very difficult to see. Nice deposits on surface with some remaining pigment.

Provenance: ex-private T.S. collection, San Diego County, California, USA, acquired between 25 and 40 years ago

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