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    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    A FALISCAN BUCCHERO CHALICE

    CIRCA EARLY 7TH CENTURY B.C.

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    A FALISCAN BUCCHERO CHALICE
    CIRCA EARLY 7TH CENTURY B.C.
    The shallow bowl with horizontal ribbing and notched rib around the base, four attachment rings on the underside each threaded with two linked circular rings, the vessel rim decorated with a nude male figure grasping a horse in each hand, the horses' hind legs and tails emerging from the notched rib below, the other side with two smaller horses, their front legs resting on a shallow circular dish, the tall stand with flaring stepped foot, with triangular fenestrations beneath two bulbous notched bands
    18 in. (45.8 cm.) high


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    PUBLISHED:
    W. Hornbostel, Kunst der Antike - Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Mainz, 1977, cat. no. 354.

    An almost identical vase with a "master of horses" figure and shallow dish is currently in the National Etruscan Museum, and a similar footed bowl is in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MS763). It too has a human figure standing between two horses on the rim. Both are from Narce, and it appears that 'the Faliscan workshop of these bowls seems never to have made two alike' (J. MacIntosh Turfa, Catalogue of the Etruscan Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, 2005, p. 123).

    Provenance

    Private collection, Hamburg, acquired prior to 1977; and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Exhibited

    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Kunst der Antike: Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, 21 January-6 March 1977.