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Roman pottery wine amphora stopper with Silenos decoration

E266

£450.00

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A pottery wine amphora stopper moulded with a depiction of the drunken Silenos riding a goat.

In Classical mythology Silenos was the tutor of Dionysos; the Romans worshipped him as the god of wine-making and drunkenness. Amphorae were usually sealed with plaster or organic materials, occasionally topped by a pottery disc. Decorated amphora-stoppers are relatively scarce and presumably served as a wine-maker’s trademark or quality assurance.

Culture
Hellenistic or Roman, 1st Century BC – 1st Century AD

Size
7.1 cms maximum diameter

Condition
Intact as shown

Provenance
Ex. collection: Jytte Soelberg, Copenhagen, Denmark; acquired late 20th Century from an older collection.

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