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Libation bowl (phiale)

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Interior has chalky white slip; in center an omphalos, on which is a cicada modeled in the round. Exterior is corrugated in eight circles, colored black, red and white. Potter's signature incised in Greek on outside of the lip "Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE] Condition: Repaired with...

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Inscription

"Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE] SΟ[ΤΑΔΕS] Ε[PΟΙΕ]

Signed

Signed by the potter: "Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE]

Provenance

By date unknown: A. van Branteghem Collection (Hotel Drouot auction of van Branteghem Collection, Paris, May 30-31, June 1, 1892, lot 159 [said to have been found in Athens in 1890]; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: found in Athens in building Merlin's block in the Stadion Street, corner of Odos Kolokotroni opposite the King's stables); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Dimensions

Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.); diameter: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.886

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels