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Fragment of a relief-decorated bowl with an erotic scene

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Fragment of a bowl with a scene of love-making on a couch with a mattress, headreast (fulcrum) and turned legs; below the couch: a pitcher and a basin. Floor and base preserved.


By date unknown: H. Hoffmann Collection; by 1899: Hôtel Drouot, Paris (sale of the H. Hoffmann Collection), May 15-19, lot 109, as from Greece; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

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Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, Hellenistic Period, About 200–180 B.C.


Overall: 12.1 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm (4 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 in.) Other (Base): 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, mold-made with red slip decoration


The Ancient World