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Bottle with gods and hunting scenes

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Two-handled bottle with cylindrical body. Exterior decoration of the body is divided into three registers by pairs of grooves. The top zone is centerd on Venus, who wears a tiara and holds her mantle outspread behind herself. She is flanked by Cupids--the one at the right, seated on a...

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By date unknown: with Gawain McKinley, New York; acquired a few years before Gawain McKinley's death in 1995 by a dealer who consigned it to Sotheby's New York (information provided by Sotheby's); by December 1997: with Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave., New York, NY 10021 (sale no. 7073, December 17, 1997, lot no. 369); purchased at Sotheby's sale by Walter and Celia Gilbert; gift of Celia and Walter Gilbert to MFA, December 14, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of Celia and Walter Gilbert in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1978-2004

Roman Provincial, Late Imperial Period, A.D. 270–320

Place of Manufacture

North Africa


Height: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.); maximum diameter: 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, African Red Slip


The Ancient World