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Phiale (South Italian Calenian ware)
3rd century BCE

Medium
earthenware
Measurements
3.8 × 19.8 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Calvi, Italy
Inscription
inscribed on the wheel of the fourth chariot in Greek script: epoiei (part of the signature)
Accession Number
270-D5
Department
Antiquities
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1961
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Shallow bowl decorated in metallic black glaze with a prominent central raised boss (omphalos). Decorated in moulded relief with a frieze, around the boss, of four quadrigae, each driven by a Victory and containing Athena, Heracles, Ares and Dionysus. The scene is probably the apotheosis of Herakles. The underside of the boss is reserved. The chariots: 1) Athena and winged Eros, 2)Herakles, 3) Warrior/shield and 4) young man (or woman?)