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Canosan Polychrome Funerary Vessel - PF.0010
Origin: Magna Graecia
Circa: 400 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 22" (55.9cm) high
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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On the body of this magnificent vase, a four- horse quadriga is shown galloping in a lively, realistic manner. This is almost certainly a reference to the chariot races held at the funeral games of prominent people in the ancient world, for which this vessel was possibly a prize. Atop the ovoid body stands a splendid winged goddess, very likely Victory or Fortuna. Painted and modelled in superb Hellenistic style, this vase vividly evokes the classical past at its most colorful, a place full of worldly pleasures which even death could not erase completely. - (PF.0010)

 

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