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rhyton William Hamilton Greek Vase engraving Etruscan

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Hamilton Greek Vase - Deer's or Laconian hound head rhyton


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Original antique print


A Deer's or Laconian hound head rhyton, from the collection of Sir William Hamilton, now in the British Museum. Plate Number 49. This shape is called a rhyton and is decorated with red-figure painting and dates to c350-300 BC. A rhyton (plural rhyta) is a container from which fluids were intended to be drunk, or else poured in some ceremony such as libation. From the scarce Florence edition of d'Hancarville's famous work on Sir William Hamilton's collection of antique vases - Antiquites Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines, tirees du Cabinet de M. William Hamilton. . It was first published in 1767, this edition is 1801. Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) was the British ambassador to the Court of the Two Sicilys. Living in Naples, he was in a perfect position to acquire the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan vases being unearthed around Naples. He was quick to understand the importance of the vases to the study of ancient art and history. His first collection of vases was sold to the British Museum in 1772. Series of brown spots about 1cm above top platemark. Faint cockling to the paper, please note the scan exaggerates the cockling.

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artist Pierre Francois Hugues D'Hancarville (author)
method Copper-line engraving
date 1801
size 210mm by 165mm (platemark) 480mm by 375mm (sheet)
SKU CL1514