Phiale mesompholos

Italic, Latin, Faliscan
Early Hellenistic Period
330–320 B.C.
The Fluid Group


Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 174.

Dimensions

Diameter: 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

80.539

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #174 (80.539)
Phiale Mesomphalos
Faliscan
Attributed to the Fluid Group
330-320 B.C.
The striking design of this phiale is unique. The outside is glazed black. The interior has a row of white dots and a band of egg-and-dart pattern around the black omphalos. Around this, a broader band is painted with six geese, alternately reserved and in added white, with feathers, eyes, and other details in black and dilute glaze. The geese are walking with wings partly spread, and there are large, stylized flowers or tympana below each of the leading or right wings. The outer frame of the tondo, a simple reserved line, functions as a groundline for the birds and for five small palmettes in added white.

Provenance

gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, October 21, 1880

Credit Line

Gift of Henry P. Kidder