Megarian bowl decorated with caduceus

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From the collection of Prof. Ritschel, Salzburg, Austria, president of the local museum association, author of over 50 history books, decorated many times for his achievements.
Object: Deep hemispherical bowl
So-called Megarian Bowl.

Material: Red clay with partially preserved dark-red slip

Date: 2nd - 1st century BC
Hellenistic period

Description:    Hemispherical bowl. The body is decorated with long leaves, between these three caducei, band with dot and rhomb decoration above.

Historical note:    The so-called Megarian Bowls are relief-decorated bowls which originate from the Hellenistic period, where they became much more popular than the painted pottery of earlier times. The name "Megarian" was given to this type of pottery in the late nineteenth century, after the discovery of a large amount of such bowls at the ancient city of Megara. Although it has since been demonstrated that bowls of this type originated in Athens in the third quarter of the third century BC, the attribution as "Megarian" bowls remained popular and unchanged. These bowls were popular in the entire Mediterranean area and were produced at a number of different centers in the second and first century BC for local use and export.

Size: Height 63 mm, diameter 123 mm

Condition: Overall very well preserved. Small chips at lip, hole of about 8mm at one side, otherwise undamaged.

Literature: Tanju Anlagan, Sadberk Hanim Museum. Moldmade bowls and related wares (Istanbul 2000)

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2019 from the estate of professor Ritschel, Austria. Exported with the approval of the Austrian federal monuments office. Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Ritschel acquired his collection between 1960 and 1970 from international art dealers.

Prof. Ritschel collection: Professor Ritschel played an important role for the culture and historical heritage of Salzburg in Austria. He supported the town's cultural development with great commitment. For example, he sponsored the restoration of the Franciscan Church. As a president of the local museum association he was playing a key role in the erection of the Salzburg Museum in the Neue Residenz. The author and brilliant writer manifested his interest in history in over 50 books and 500 columns telling the story of Salzburg. He lived his passion to communicate history to a broader public. For his achievements Karl-Heinz Ritschel was decorated many times, for example in 1995 when the Republic of Austria awarded its Decoration for Science and Art.
Also his private collection of ancient art was impressive, focussing on Roman pottery, glass, bronzes and portraiture. We have taken great care to prepare the apparently unpublished pieces with our usual high claim to quality. Now we would like to give them back to the commitment and care of a well-managed collection.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.