Etruscan black figure pottery mesomphalos phialeG88
A black figure pottery mesomphalos phiale with painted wave and trellis decoration on the interior and radiating strokes on the underside. Phiale vessels were used to pour libations at temples and altars, the distinctive raised boss in the centre allowed the holder to insert a finger in the hollow on the underside and grip the bowl firmly in one hand. Numerous frescos and vase paintings depict priests or worshippers holding phiale vessels during religious ceremonies.
Etruscan, early 5th Century BC
5.5 x 19.5 cms
Some crude plaster restoration and chipping on the rim, general surface wear and old collection patina
Ex. private collection, Marseille, France; acquired late 19th to early 20th Century