Libation bowl (phiale)
Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.); diameter: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, White Ground
Not On View
Interior has chalky white slip; in center an omphalos, on which is a cicada modeled in the round.
Exterior is corrugated in eight circles, colored black, red and white. Potter’s signature incised in Greek on outside of the lip “Sotades made [it]” SO[TADES] E[POIE]
Condition: Repaired with some restorations.
"Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE]
Signed by the potter: "Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE]
By date unknown: A. van Branteghem Collection (Hotel Drouot auction of van Branteghem Collection, Paris, May 30-31, June 1, 1892, lot 159 [said to have been found in Athens in 1890]; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: found in Athens in building Merlin's block in the Stadion Street, corner of Odos Kolokotroni opposite the King's stables); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund