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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 BCE


Greek; Campania, Italy

About this artwork

During the course of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., black vessels like this one (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, while others have detailing that is molded or incised. Regardless, they would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Phiale (Shallow Bowl for Pouring Ritual Libations)


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300 BCE–250 BCE


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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