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Attic Black-glazed Lopas

   

Attic Black-glazed Lopas

SKU: 14CERGREATT0017

$480.00

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Athens
375-325 BC

Attic cooking pot with shallow floor, rounded shoulder and flaring lip. The round high-swung handles are set on the shoulder and may imitate metallic examples. Flattened bottom. The lopas was suitable for stewing and for frying. The rim is flanged outside to take a domed lid with pinched-up knob. The examples unearthed in the Athenian Agora are not glazed and show rather broad handles. Our piece is quite rare. It differs from the coarse Attic cooking pots showing round handles as well as a dense black glaze on the inside, the shoulder area and the handles. There are remains of red wash on the reserved areas. For the discussion of the shape, cf. nos. 1959-1983 in: B.A. Sparkes and L. Talcott. The Athenian Agora. Vol. 12. Black and Plain Pottery or the 6th, 5th and 4th Centuries B.C. Princeton 1970.

Ceramic. D. 6.5 inches. W. over handles 8.3 inches. H. rim 1.7 inches. Rare type. Reconstituted from three fragments. One handle reattached, the second restored. Provenance: Private collection Zurich (Switzerland). Bequeathed in 1994 to collection B.E., Zurich.

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