3rd century B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
In interior Medusa head at center of four-petalled flower. Around it zones of impressed and painted patterns, white, red, and yellow.
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 stressed by the bulls’ skulls embellished with ribbons. The head of the monster Medusa, whose glance turned men to stone, would magically ward off evil spirits.
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
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900