London, South Kensington
5 July 2001
Two Proskau faience pierced silver-mounted bough pots
of shaped oval section, with female mask head handles, one printed in black with a vignette of a hound chasing birds, a similar vignette to the reverse, the other with a fox stealing eggs, a bird of prey to the reverse, within a green-ground scale-moulded rim, the lower section moulded with a band of stiff leaves, on shaped rectangular foot, impressed marks, circa 1810 (some damages and restoration, part of the silver mounts of one lacking) -- 20cm. high
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With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago