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Vessel with Leaf Ornament
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Vessel with Leaf Ornament

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Description This lavishly decorated vessel depicts the abundant vegetation of the Dionysian realm. The elaborate sculptural decoration was formed by repoussé (a technique in which metal is impressed from the rear to form a raised design) and incision; the neck was turned on a lathe; and details were gilded. Ceramic versions of such vessels were mass-produced.
Date Description Narrative
  • Silver for the Gods: Eight Hundred Years of Greek and Roman Silver. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. 1977-1978.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World. 2016.
Provenance Found at Cavalla, Thrace; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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ca. 250-100 BCE (Hellenistic)
repoussé and incised silver with traces of gilding
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 2 11/16 x Diam: 3 3/16 in. (6.8 x 8.1 cm)
  • Greece, Kavala (Place of Discovery)


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