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Gallo-Roman Terracotta Chalice with Molded Decorations - PF.1154
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 BC to 100 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high
Catalogue: V6
Collection: Classical
Style: Gallo-Roman
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Drawing upon the finest artistic traditions of the Classical age, this magnificent drinking cup depicts hunting scenes in low relief. Heroically nude hunters, seen from various angles to glorify the human figure, struggle with a bear and a boar. The scene is poetical, mythical rather than realistic, an elegy on the ancient pastime of the hunt. Perhaps this very cup was held by a Roman noble as he sat around the fire after the chase, exchanging tales with his friends. No doubt its original owner turned the cup round and round in his hands, admiring its stunning beauty as we still do today. - (PF.1154)


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