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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 50

    AN EAST GREEK POTTERY VASE IN THE FORM OF A PHALLUS

    CIRCA 550-500 B.C.

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    Estimate

    AN EAST GREEK POTTERY VASE IN THE FORM OF A PHALLUS
    CIRCA 550-500 B.C.
    Naturalistically modelled, the tip of the phallus forming the mouth of the vessel, the upper portion with a peaked centre and curving duck head terminals, with two horizontal perforations for suspension
    4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) long


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    Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 1999.78. Sculptural vases of this period were made in a wide variety of shapes, including human body parts, and were primarily the product of Rhodian and other East Greek workshops. Their diminutive size suggests they stored perfumed oils, perhaps for ritual, medicinal, or erotic purposes - it is tempting to presume the latter for the present lot.

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    Provenance

    Private collection, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1966.