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circa 1780-1795

stoneware black basalt

Currently on view at Mint Museum--RANDOLPH

Gift of M. Mellanay Delhom

The shape of this vase, with its elongated body and a single loop handle attached to its neck, is based on a scale drawing of an ancient Greek lekythos, illustrated in volume 3, plates 80 and 81, of Pierre d’Hancarville’s catalogue of Sir William Hamilton’s collection. The lekythos was a vessel used to hold oil or perfume, particularly in religious ceremonies. The vase is hand-painted with matte enamel colors in imitation of the red-figure style of Greek vases. Wedgwood called this process “encaustic painting,” which he patented in 1769. The central scene depicts the figures of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, and a maenad, one of his female followers. They are taken from volume 3, plate 82, of the Hamilton catalogue.

Accession Number: 1976.DG.16


height: 20.25 inches

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