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"Rhyton" with Griffins

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Description During the 26th Dynasty, the Greeks established merchant colonies in Egypt. Faience workshops in these towns produced goods for the local population, as well as products in an Egyptian style for export. The "rhyton," or drinking vessel, takes inspiration from Near Eastern models.

A technical examination was performed on three Ptolemaic faience vessels currently in the Walters' collection. The study revealed that in addition to traditional technology, the production of Ptolemiac faience vessels incorporated innovations that were significant in the development of faience manufacture in Egypt.

Date Description Narrative
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Reverend William MacGregor Collection Sale, Sotheby's, London, 1922, no. 212; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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3rd-2nd century BC (Hellenistic-Ptolemaic)
Egyptian faience
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8 1/4 x 3 9/16 in. (21 x 9 cm) (h. x diam.)
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)

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