11 June 2003
A ROMAN GILT SILVER RHYTON
Circa 1st Century A.D.
Fabricated from a single sheet of silver excluding the hollow tube at the base and the separately-cast disk rim, the tall conical body with four registers in high relief, the upper with a dog attacking a hare, a dog attacking a stag, and a dog attacking a goat, a bird of prey above each group; the second register with three cranes in a natural setting of wheat and poppies; the third register with three winged Erotes supporting a thick garland; and the bottom register with three herms, each with wild hair and long beards; preserving gilding throughout, the registers divided by spiral-fluted bands, the spout with two incised bands of crosshatching and dots
9¾ in. (24.7 cm) high
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For the motif of the cranes feeding in wheat and poppies compare the pair of silver cups in the Pierpont Morgan Library, nos. 96-97 in Oliver, Silver for the Gods.
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