Chalice With Pine-Cone Pattern
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.26
Title
Chalice with Pine-Cone Pattern
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1st century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Anatolia
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman
Location
Level 3, Room 3700, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Mold-made
Dimensions
12 x 15.2 cm (4 3/4 x 6 in.)
Provenance
Charles Dikran Kelekian Ancient Art, New York City, since the 1950s; acquired by the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, for the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, 1978; transfer to the Harvard Art Museum, 2008.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.26
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Mold-made, relief ware vessel with vitreous lead glaze. Low, broad foot with molded edges and a deep central concavity underneath. Extremely truncated stem supports deep, rounded body with broad mouth. Rim offset by molding.

Five rows of small pine cones in relief, each framed by an arch, ring the vessel. A small granulated rosette fills each 'spandrel' between arches.

Glaze has decayed to a semi-irridescent pale pinkish-yellow on vessel's exterior, although small green patches provide some insight into its original color. The interior and rim are coated with a well-preserved yellow-brown glaze.
Commentary
Label text from exhibition “Re-View,” an overview of objects drawn from the collections of Harvard Art Museums, 26 April 2008 – 1 July 2013; label text written by Mary McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art:

Chalice Decorated with Pine Cones Set in Scale Pattern
Asia Minor, probably Tarsus, Roman Imperial era, 1st century
Earthenware with molded reliefand monochrome glaze
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 2008.26

Label Text: Re-View: Arts of India & the Islamic Lands, written 2008
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Chalice Decorated with Pine Cones Set in Scale Pattern
Asia Minor, probably Tarsus, Roman Imperial era, 1st century
Earthenware with molded reliefand monochrome glaze
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 2008.26

Exhibition History

Roman Gallery Installation (long-term), Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/1999 - 01/20/2008

Re-View: Arts of India & the Islamic Lands, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/26/2008 - 06/01/2013

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted