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Shape: squat and bulbous body without sharp transition at the shoulder. Cylindrical neck flaring slightly towards the top with a flat rim. Two side handles with round section are fixed on the top of the body. A twisted vertical handle is fixed on the rear under the rim and on the shoulder and decorated with a little spool fixed to the top. Dropped floor.
Decoration: The painted decoration is well preserved but with a change in colour, probably due to a technical problem during firing. The central part of the front is red in colour, while the lateral parts and the rear are black. Part of the painted decoration on the left part and the rear is damaged. Added white bands are visible on the black coating on the foot.
Lip rim: two bands on both internal and external edges of the rim; between them, thin laurel wreath with small leaves; vertical side of the rim painted all around with fine oblique strokes.
Neck: wide band at the top and a thinner one at the base of the neck; on the central part, large laurel wreath with large and small leaves; a circle with a vertical stroke (but without a cloud of dots) at junction in the middle.
Shoulder: ring of dots around the top and the base of the shoulder.
Upper and lower frame: wide band with fine fillets above and below.
Front panel: ivy branch with large leaves and berries without stalk.
Vertical strips: crossed diagonal lines.
Rear panel: scroll pattern with thin lines like spider’s feet.
Handles: vertical strokes on side handles; horizontal strokes on the vertical handle.
Foot: black, with reserved band at the base and added white thin bands on the top.
The vase is sealed by a white plaster stopper, on top of which several very small seals are impressed.
shape belongs to L1 type in the Enklaar classification
The vase is identified by A. Enklaar as a product of the Laurel Wreath Painter at the beginning of his production, earlier than the date-vase from Brooklyn dated by its inscription to 254 BCE. The vase can therefore be dated circa 260 BCE.
A. Enklaar, The Hadra Vases, Amsterdam, 1992, (Unpublished PhD), Part 2, p. 11-12
A. Enklaar, "Chronologie et peintres des hydries de Hadra", Babesch 60, 1985, p. 105-151; A. Enklaar, "Les hydries de Hadra II : Formes et ateliers", Babesch 6l, 1986, p. 41-65
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