Description This vase is an exquisite example of the "Kerch" ware, distinguished by graceful poses, delicate details, gilding, and abundant colors. The subject is games of love. A seated nymph triumphs at "knucklebones," a game in which both players toss bones from the ankle of a sheep into the air and try to catch them on the back of their hand. Her unsuccessful opponent is a satyr. Behind him stands Aphrodite between two Eros figures, who are offering laurel wreaths of victory to the nymph and to the youth at far left, dressed as a bridegroom.
|5/02/1984||Examination||examined for exhibition|
- The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
- From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Prince Boris Chakhoskoy (Shakhovskoy) (consul or vice-consul of Russia at Bourgas), 1884-85, [found in Apollonia, Bulgaria (modern Sozopol)]; A. van Branteghem, Brussels, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Nahle Montran Pacha, Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906
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