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A jar, whose body swells upward and whose shoulder curves sharply inward and is topped by a rounded rim. The foot of the vase is marked by a slender rounded moulding. The body is decorated with two zones of foliate decoration rendered with dots and lines of liquid clay (barbotine technique). ...

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By 1991: with Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave., New York, NY 10021 (Sale no. 6196, June 18, 1991, lot no. 306); purchased at Sotheby's sale by Jerome M. Eisenberg, Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th St., New York, NY 10022; purchased by MFA from Royal-Athena Galleries, March 26, 2003

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, mid to late 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Middle Rheinland, Germany


Height: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.); maximum diameter: 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Glaze, Relief decoration in the barbotine technique


The Ancient World