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Roman pottery beaker with tapering cylindrical body; decoration in applied “beads” of liquid clay forming two rings around the shoulder and three tiers of scales on the body.


By the 1970s: said to have been in the C.A. collection, Geneva, formed in the 1970s; by 2000: with Jean-David Cahn AG, auction 2, Hotel Hilton Basel, Salon des Nations, Aeschengraben 31, Basel, Switzerland, June 26, lot 120; purchased at Cahn auction by Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022; purchased by MFA from Royal-Athena Galleries, December 13, 2000

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gonski in memory of John Welch

Roman, Late Republican Period, about 150–50 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Central Italy


Height x diameter: 12.7 x 7.4 Diameter cm (5 x 2 7/8 Diameter in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, thin-walled ware


The Ancient World