Roman Silver Bowl with Richly Ornamented Handles
Period: 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
Dimensions: H: 5 cm (2 in) W: 27.5 cm (10.8 in)
Ex-Dutch private collection, ca. 1950s
This bowl is intact and in an exceptional state of conservation with a pristine surface, partially due to the
thickness and quality of the silver used.
This beautifully crafted silver bowl is a tribute to Roman republican craftsmanship in the sensitivity and
precision of the ornaments’ details. The shallow bowl was lathe-turned on a disk-foot, while the underside is centered by a dotted ring; the rim slightly splayed and finished with a beaded edge and a band of
kymation decoration. The bowl has two separately cast and slightly up-turned crescent handles with some
openwork. It is further decorated by acanthus-scroll and foliate ornament in relief, and a duck head at each
end. The underside is crafted with wishbone supports, each with a leaf-shaped terminal.
Phoenix Ancient Art Crystal 8
Phoenix Ancient Art Catolog no.1 2006
Crystal 8 Display 2018
Palm Beach 2006
HILL D.K., Greek and Roman Metalware, Baltimore, 1976, n. 74.
WARD-PERKINS J.-CLARIDGE A., Pompeii AD 79, Boston 1978, n. 313-314.
On Roman silver vessels:
PIRZIO BIROLI STEFANELLI L., L’argento des Romani, Vasellame da tavola e d’apparato, Roma, 1991.