Large Hellenistic Terracotta Rhyton – TL Tested


A terracotta rhyton with a flaring lip, and a conical body terminating a stag protome with carefully modelled horns, face and legs.

Date: Ca. 330-200 BC, Hellenistic period.

Size: L:420mm / W:125mm ; 995g

Condition: Good

Provenance: From the private collection of an Oxford gentleman; previously in an old British collection, formed in the 1980s on the UK / International art markets.


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A rhyton is a roughly conical container from which fluids were intended to be drunk or to be poured, whether as part of a religious ritual or during feasting. The Hellenistic period, which runs from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to the battle of Actium is 31 BC, was an era in which Greek-speaking peoples controlled much of the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia as far as present-day Afghanistan. This period saw many momentous scientific discoveries and artistic developments, including the creation of elegant ceramics, as this gorgeous piece exemplifies.

This piece has been precisely dated having undergone Thermo Luminescence (TL) analysis by Ralf Kotalla, an independent German Laboratory. The samples collected date the piece to the period reflected in its style, whilst also showing no modern trace elements. Its TL certificate with full report will also accompany this lot. Excellent condition; on a custom stand; includes TL testing certificate.


Additional information

Weight .995 kg
Dimensions 42 × 12.5 cm

Ancient Greek