Description & Technical information

This delicate and wonderfully patinated bronze wine pitcher or measure, also known as an olpe, has a separately-cast curved handle ornamented by a foliate shaft and attachment plate in the form of the head of Silenus. The flared rim tapers into a neck decorated with lathe turned concentric rings and the body flows elegantly outward before ending on a short flat foot.      

Silenus, depicted as a bearded older man was a companion and tutor to the wine god Dionysus, and as such is often used on the paraphernalia of wine drinking and festivities such situlas and oinochoe.

Period:  Antiquity
Medium: patinated bronze
Provenance: With Farman Emani Nejad, Zurich
With Aaron Gallery, London, acquired from the above, 1988. Accompanied by copy of original document from 1988.
Private UK Collection, UK, acquired from the above, 1995.
Private Collection, UK, acquired from the above, 2001.
French Art Market, 2018.
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities