Phiale (Shallow Bowl for Pouring Ritual Libations)

A work made of terracotta, calenian relief ware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, calenian relief ware.


300/250 BC


Greek; Campania, Italy

About this artwork

During the course of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., black vessels (commonly called black-glaze vessels) were made with increasing frequency in both Greece and South Italy. Many of them replicate the shape of metal vessels. Others have detailing that is molded (the phiale on the left) or incised (the stemless kylix at the back). Particularly noteworthy is the stemless kylix on the right that has been stamped in its center with nearly the same image, depicting the nymph Arethusa, as is the coin displayed alongside it. Although black-glazed wares can be rather coarse, these examples are quite fine. Regardless, they would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Phiale (Shallow Bowl for Pouring Ritual Libations)




300 BC–250 BC


terracotta, Calenian relief ware


3.8 × 19.3 × 19.3 cm (1 1/2 × 7 5/8 × 7 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society

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