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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
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?)