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A Campanian oinichoe

4th century BC


Black on yellowish-red clay

Height: 19cm
Circumference: 45cm

Museum number: L9

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 539help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Library-Dining Room
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Curatorial note

A youth seated right at a potter's wheel, holding a vase; before him, at the right, two figures, one female, the second male, standing facing left. Framed with tongue, leaf, and wave pattern below.

The interesting and highly individual picture has unfortunately suffered the most thorough deterioration of the unprotected red surface; Dr. Cambitoglou has suggested that perhaps this ruined vase has been scratched by a restorer in an effort to create a rarer, more interesting composition than originally existed on the vase.


Sir John Soane, Description, 1835, p.1.

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