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Libation bowl

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In interior Medusa head at center of four-petalled flower. Around it zones of impressed and painted patterns, white, red, and yellow. Label text: Black glazed ceramic painted in the "West Slope" technique Such bowls were used to pour out a drink for gods or heroes. The sacrificial purpose is...

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By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London: from old collection.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World