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Knob-handled patera

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Interior: In the tondo, framed by a circle of wave-pattern, are twelve marine creatures; a horn shell (cerith), a wedge clam (donax), a scallop, two dolphins, a cuttlefish, an octopus, a flying squid, a spotted torpedo, a striped perch, an angler-fish, and a dentex. Unlike the sea creatures on...

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By date unknown: perhaps on the New York Art Market at Royal Athena Gallery; by 1970: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (loaned to MFA October 1, 1970 as 171.1970); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, April 24, 1991

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical Period, 340–330 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 047.


Height: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World