The concave walls with applied moulded decoration on each side consisting of an ivy wreath, with groups of leaves and berries joined at the centre by two bunches of grapes, an incised leaf on either side of the handles, on a broad ring foot, with twin handles with small circular rotelles
European private collection, 1990s
Christie's, New York, 5
December 2001, lot 501
Such skyphoi with moulded appliqué decoration echo the highly luxurious Hellenistic gold and silver vessels of the period which have often not survived. This skyphos belongs to a group known as Pergamene West Slope Ware with characteristic decoration consisting of garlands, wreaths, leaves, and palmettes. This skyphos accords with Meyer-Schlichtmann’s Type S8 (C. Meyer-Schlichtmann, Die pergamenische Sigillata aus der Stadtgrabung von Pergamon. Mitte 2. Jh. v. Chr. – Mitte 2. Jh. n. Chr, PF 6, 1988, Berlin, New York, pl. 8; 29). For further discussion see G. Hübner, Die Applikenkeramik von Pergamon, 1993.