Shallow offering bowl with sloping floor, curving up at the edge to form a low vertical rim. The large hollow knob at center, domed on top, with a cylindrical cavity underneath.
Undecorated with sepia-black gloss.
The underside with traces of a hand. Palm and fingers of the artisan marked when holding the wet bowl.
For a closely related Etruscan example from the Viterbo region, cf. vase no. 142 in: John W. Hayes. Greek and Italian Black-Gloss and Related Wares in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1984.
The central omphalos stands for the ‘Navel of the Earth'. The phiale was used at libation rituals and sacrifices.
Etruscan, (Etrusco-Campanian), early 3rd century BC
D. 17 cm (6.7 in)
H. 3.2 cm (1.3 in)
Intact and in excellent condition. Marks of a hand on the bottom.
Estate of R.F., Arlington VA, who started collecting 40 years ago.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.