Libation bowl (phiale)

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
Potter Sotades


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.); diameter: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.886

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Inscription

"Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE]

SΟ[ΤΑΔΕS] Ε[PΟΙΕ]

Signed

Signed by the potter: "Sotades made [it]" SO[TADES] E[POIE]

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund