A ‘kalpis’ was an ancient Greek jug used to carry water. This one is decorated with the head of a lady wearing large ear-rings and a necklace. On the other side is a plant ‘palmette’ design.
It was bought from Harold Clemens, an enthusiastic collector of curios, who having been an avid reader of the Bazaar, Exchange and Mart magazine, decided to set up his own ‘Fir Tree hotel Museum of Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities’, in his public-house and bed and breakfast establishment at Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire. He set himself up as ‘Curator’ and advertised curios and other items from his ’small museum’ in the aforementioned journal. His timing was good, Tutankhamun’s tomb had recently been discovered, and there was great interest in the occult, spiritualism and all things ancient. His endeavour was therefore of great interest. Unfortunately some of his ‘antiquities’ were anything but.
It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague, who collected over 800 specimens, which he bequeathed to the museum upon his death.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
Simple Name
Full Name
water pitcher; kalpis
whole height 240 mm; across handles W 165 mm; whole depth 120 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Classical - 500-336 BC
Production Date
Production Country
Family Group

pottery; terracotta; Red figure ware
Function Name
storage/ pouring
Function Detail
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Country
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collection Continent

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