Description The cylindrical surface of the "Renaissance-revival" mortar is divided into four horizontal bands, each with different "antique" decorative motifs, including acanthus leaves, portraits of emperors, and inhabited vine scrolls. The central zone of the mortar contains four cartouches showing, in succession, the portraits of four Roman emperors. The profiles may be based on coins depicting Caligula, Claudius, Hadrian, and Constantius II. A portion of the base has been carved to simulate a break. There is a chip in the rim of the cup.
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912
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