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26.1 × 18.0 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Apulia, Italy
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1979
Gallery location
Fashion & Textiles Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Tall vase with a high-looped handle from the shoulder to the trefoil mouth and an ovoid body tapering sharply to a long, slender neck. The foot is in three degrees. On the neck are white horizontal stripes above long white rays to the shoulder. On the shoulder is a band of rosettes with centres in added yellow. The scene depicts the head of Aphrodite in white, with added colour for her hair and veil (yellow, orange, crimson). The head faces three-quarter front. A naked Eros stands on either side of the head, one hand holding a garland, the other holding Aphrodite's veil. The head rises from a campanula flower flanked by tendrils and scrolls. On the reverse is a palmette. On the ridged handle is a moulded female mask at each end (rim and shoulder).