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Libation bowl (phiale)

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The interior of this libation bowl, used for liquid sacrifices, depicts what appears to be a religious ritual, in which girls dance around an altar. The girls are identically dressed in flowing dresses (chitones) and pink mantles (himatia). Seven of them grasp each other by the wrist, but do not...

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By date unknown: with Petros Vitalis (said to have been found with 65.1166); purchased by MFA from Petros Vitalis, September 22, 1965

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 450 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Diameter: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground


The Ancient World