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Lot 78





Estimate: 5'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 4'600 GBP Online bidding closed


Monumental volute krater handle
3rd - 2nd century BC
length cm 30 (12”)
Characterized by the fine articulate structure, composed by volutes spaced out by stylized palmette and the lower terminals assume typical swans' heads shape.
This particular handles are attested since late sixth century BC, the best comparable pieces is in Naples from Herculaneum and Pompeii, and there are also few example in terracotta.

REFERENCES
E. Pernice 1932: Hellenistische Kunst in Pompeji, vol. IV, fig. 9, Liepzig 1932.
B. Barr-Sharrar 2008: ‘The Derveni Krater: Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork’, in American School of Classical Studies at Athens, pp. 54-55, fig. 57a,b, Princeton 2008.

PROVENANCE
European private collection, acquired in the 2000s.

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