Phiale

Description
The image on this plate is a ‘pegasus’ or winged horse, which was a popular mythical creature in ancient Greece.
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.
5/1946/645
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
phiale
Simple Name
vessel
Full Name
dish; plate; phiale, Pegasus
Dimensions
whole height 50 mm; whole diameter 242 mm
Production Person Surname
style of Danaid Painter (Trendall)
Cultural Group
Greek
Period Classification
Classical - 500-336 BC; Hellenistic - 336-146 BC
Production Year Low
-400
Production Year High
-300
Production County
Campania
Production Country
Italy
Family Group

Material
pottery; terracotta; Red figure ware
Function Name
drinking
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Country
Greece?
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe

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