Top (toy) decorated with palmettes and water birds

Greek
Classical Period
about 4th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Boiotia

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 568.

Dimensions

Overall: 9.5 x 7 cm (3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

99.536

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, black-figure technique

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Boiotian (Kabirion); This toy is composed of a cylindrical body above a pointed conical base. The upper part is decorated by four panels alternating between black-silhouetted upright palmettes and water birds, likely swans, facing left. There is a grove near the top. The conical base has three sets of two closely spaced horizontal lines. The surface of the top has a large black dot in the middle surrounded at the outer edge by two black lines with the one farthest away being thicker.

Provenance

By 1898: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens, Christmas 1898.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund