Libation bowl

Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.803

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

In interior Medusa head at center of four-petalled flower. Around it zones of impressed and painted patterns, white, red, and yellow.
Label text:
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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900