Cooking (?) vessel

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
about A.D. 200–250


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 479; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); diameter including handle: 43 cm (16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.2644

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The trulla-shaped handle is pierced by a rimmed circle, for suspension. The edge of the handle continues into a broad lip below which is a double-fillet molding. Concentric circles in relief on the bottom. Dented, broken, and with one coin (eight o’clock from handle) missing. Evidences of burning on the bowl. Green patina with whitish, lime-like deposit.

On handle:

1. AE 33 mm. Reverse. Dionysos seated on pantheress, holding thyrsos.
(Greek to be added.)
BMC, no. 240 (diff. magistr.): Commodus. Cyzicus in Mysia.
R. Münsterberg, Die Beamtennamen auf den Griechischen Münzen, Vienna, 1914, 66: magistrate listed under Marcus Aurelius.

2. AE 39 mm. Reverse. Artemis with a quiver or bowcase on shoulder facing Apollo (?) with lyre and cloak; they shake hands over an altar.
(Greek to be added.)
Cf. BMC, no. 20 (same magistr.): time of Commodus. Hierocaesarea in Lydia. See also F. Imhoof-Blumer, Kleinasiatische Münzen, Vienna, 1901, 173 for discussion of legend.

3. AE 32 mm. Reverse. Artemis standing to right discharging arrow. Stag running at left, beside her.
(Greek to be added.)
Cf. M. Babelon, Inventaire Sommaire de la Collection Waddington, Paris, 1897, no. 5006 (19 mm.) Faustina I, no. 5007 (22 mm.) Marcus Aurelius: Hierocaesarea in Lydia.

4. AE 35 mm. Reverse. Bull standing right.
(Greek to be added.)
BMC, no. 339: Antinous. Smyrna in Ionia. M.F.A. no. 62.229.

5. AE 35 mm. Reverse. As previous.

Coins acquired later but evidently from the ensemble.
A. AE 39 mm. Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
(Greek to be added.)
Reverse. Aeneas right bearing on left arm Anchises and looking left at Ascanius right wearing a Phrygian cap, whom he leads by the hand. In exergue: (Greek to be added.) See A. Bellinger, Troy The Coins, Supplementary Monograph 2, Princeton, 1961, no. T148: Marcus Aurelius.
B. AE 33 mm. (Laureate) bust right.
(Greek to be added.)
Reverse: Distyle temple with star in pediment; Hadrian stands between Bithynia and Roma, who crowns him.
(Greek to be added.)

W. H. Waddington, Recueil Général des Monnaies Grecques d’Asie Mineure, I, 2, Paris, 1908, nos. 35 (rev.), 43 (obv.): Hadrian.

Provenance

By 1963: H. von Aulock Collection, Istanbul, Turkey (said to come from Western Asia Minor); purchased by MFA from H. von Aulock, December 11, 1963.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour