The deep bowl is of hemispherical form. The external moulded decoration consists of a band of meander beneath the rim, a flower on the resting surface, and the area between the two filled with scroll and floral decoration. Repaired from six large fragment with very minor infilling.
Bowls like this one were used as drinking cups, replacing the kantharos. These Megarian bowls, being mold-made rather than thrown on a wheel, allowed artisans to produce intricate designs. Scholars believe they were modeled on contemporary metal bowls and were therefore made for people aspiring to wealth, or wishing to promote an appearance of luxury.
Megarian ware is so-called due to the discovery of several examples in the 19th century, near the ancient Greek town of Megara. It was produced from the late Hellenistic period, through the Roman, its production spreading from Italy to Asia Minor.
Private collection, Switzerland; acquired c.1965
Private collection, Europe