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Chalice with Pine-Cone Pattern


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Chalice with Pine-Cone Pattern, 1st century CE
Vessel
Roman
,
1st century CE
Roman Imperial period, Early
Creation Place: Anatolia
Terracotta
12 x 15.2 cm (4 3/4 x 6 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
, 2008.26
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
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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
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.
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