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Footed Cup With Molded Decorations - PF.1078
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 BC to 100 AD
Dimensions: 5.125" (13.0cm) high
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Classical
Style: Greco-Roman
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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A masterpiece of classical craftsmanship, this exquisite cup is richly decorated with mythological motifs. A lovely young woman dressed in a short flowing tunic--perhaps a nature deity or Artemis, goddess of the hunt--is shown four times amid lush vegetation and wild animals. The image of a woman with power over nature is a very ancient one, harking back to the Neolithic age and the Near Eastern " Mistress of the Beasts". This splendid vessel was perhaps used to celebrate a successful hunt. It enchants us with its delicate modeling and mysterious subject matter, which seems as old as civilization itself. - (PF.1078)

 

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