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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 273

    A ROMAN OPAQUE WHITE GLASS BOTTLE IN THE FORM OF TYCHE

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN OPAQUE WHITE GLASS BOTTLE IN THE FORM OF TYCHE
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The body blown into a two-part mould, the seated female figure seated cross-legged on an irregular shaped plinth, one foot resting on a projecting boss, her arms crossed under her tightly wrapped himation, her hair pulled back in thick melon-coiffure, the figure of Eros on the left side of the plinth, with arm upraised, wings emerging from his back, the tall cylindrical vessel neck emerging from the top of her head, with everted inward-folded rim, the mould seam running diagonally across the base
    6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high


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    The Tyche bottle type is believed to have been based on the colossal bronze statue of the Tyche of Antioch made by Eutychides, a pupil of Lysippos, circa 296 B.C. For similar Tyche vessels cf. Art of the Eastern World, Hadji Baba Ancient Art, London, 1996, p. 74, no. 33, and Whitehouse, 2001, pp. 126-127, no. 632.

    Whitehouse (op. cit.) mentioned another seven examples in addition to the two mentioned above. These include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 44.11.6, Staatliche Museum, Berlin, no. 30219.238 (Platz-Horster, 1976, p. 43, no. 69), two in Yale University Art Gallery (Matheson, 1980, pp. 102-4, nos 276-7), one in the Museum Haaretz, Tel Aviv, another formerly in the Smith collection (Smith, 1970, p. 34, no. 25), and one on the New York market in 1992 (see Myth and Majesty, Antiquarium Ltd, 1992, no. 28).

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1998.