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Superb Greek Hellenistic Silver Mastos Bowl


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This piece is a Greek silver bowl that dates from the Hellenistic period, circa 4th-3rd century B.C. This superb piece is approximately 3.5 inches high by 5.75 inches in diameter, and weighs approximately 256 gms. This piece was formed from one sheet of hammered silver, then this sheet was placed on a spinning lathe with a conical wooden mold. Another mold was then placed on top, and was then forced down over the other mold. The solid sheet of silver was sandwiched between these two molds, and even heat was added, which thus formed the shape and smooth sides of the bowl on the the inner and outer surfaces. The spinning bowl was then cut at the top rim, and the top rim was then folded under. The top rim was finally sealed with a bead that is seen on the inside. In addition, there is a round double-bead design that is seen on the outer bottom. This piece is intact, is in superb condition, and has some heavy outer white calcite deposits with an even light gray patina, and overall, this beautiful piece is in an "as found" condition which is rare for a vessel of this type. This piece is known as a "mastos" bowl and the type is seen in D.E. Strong "Greek and Roman Gold and Silver Plate", London 1966, p.108, fig.24. This type of vessel was used as table ware for a wealthy individual, and was also utilized as a ceremonial type piece. This piece is a large and superb example for the type, and is analogous in size and condition to the example seen in Sotheby's Antiquities, New York, Dec. 2001, no. 291, ($4,000.00-$6,000.00 estimates); and the example recently seen in Christie's Antiquities, New York, June 2012, no. 109, ($20,000.00-$30,000.00 estimates, 6.5 inches high, 375.7 gms.) The exceptional piece offered here has some minute ground pressure marks, but is otherwise in superb condition and is better than most examples. Ex: Private German collection. Ex: Private New York collection. (Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: