London, South Kensington
27 October 2009
AN ATTIC BLACK GLAZED POTTERY AMPHORISKOS
5TH CENTURY B.C.
The body decorated with a mirrored frieze of stylized palmettes either side of central band of meander, 5½ in. (14 cm.) high; another similar, smaller, with three bands of palmettes, 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high; a Greek black glazed spool-shaped pyxis, graffito on underside of lid, 1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) high, both circa 5th Century B.C.; a Greek style alabaster lekythos, decorated in relief with a warrior standing with owl on prow of oared ship, 5 in. (12.7 cm.) high; a pair of Roman bronze handles with leaf-shaped terminals, circa 1st-3rd Century A.D., 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) wide; a bronze figure of a dancing youth, 5 in. (12.5 cm.) high; and a rectangular stone palette, 4 in. (10 cm.) long (8)
Items one-four: formerly in the collection of Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin (1786-1859), uncle of the naturalist Charles Darwin. Ink inscription on shoulder of item one reading "Found by ... Graham at Athens in 1813 ... ".
Items five-six: ink inscribed label reading "excavated ... at Dorchester".
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