7 December 2000
A ROMAN RED SLIP WARE PLATE
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
The interior molded with a nude figure of a Nereid, perhaps Galatea, riding "side-saddle" on a hippocamp, holding the reins with her left hand, her right hand resting on the hippocamp's coiled tail, a triton emerging from the waves below, a winged Eros above left blowing a horn, and another above right, a third below, perhaps riding a dolphin, with a ridged rim, on a short ring foot
101/8 in. (25.7 cm) diameter
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The subject and iconography of this plate is treated more elaborately on a silver plate, no. 25 in Piotrivskii, Art Treasures of the Hermitage.
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