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Early relief ware two-handled cup (scyphus or cantharus)

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Exterior decorated with reliefs representing a battle of Alexander the Great; sixteen figures in the composition, which seems borrowed from the Alexander Mosaic, Pompeii. The bottom of the cup has a head of Medusa in relief; signed by the maker Popilius.

Signed

C.POPILIVS.C or O (Ocriculo)

Provenance

By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Republican Period, 110–80 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Ocriculo, Umbria, Italy

Dimensions

Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.); diameter: 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

99.542

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Italo-Megarian Relief Ware, mould made

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels