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South Italian or Etruscan stemless cup

4th century BC
South Italian or Etruscan

Bronze

Height: 3.5cm
Diameter (including handles): 21cm
Diameter (excluding handles): 12.5cm

Museum number: S137

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 425help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A stemless cup with foot and two double-fastened, rectangular, handles; the interior of the bowl has an incised laurel-wreath, an inner circle of tendrils and berries, and a five pointed curve and circles in the centre.

The shape is a bronze version of similar articles in glazed pottery following Southern Italian Greek shapes and designs; the incised decoration recalls that which carries over into the best Etruscan bronzes of the fourth century. This rare cup is either South Italian or Etruscan work of this period, of better-than-average quality.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded.


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