The Daphne Ewer

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Object Name: 
Ewer
Title: 
The Daphne Ewer
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
55.1.86
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 22.2 cm; Shoulder Diam: 9.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
175-225
Web Description: 
These gilded and painted figures depict the story of the nymph Daphne. As she fled from the amorous god Apollo, Daphne was turned into a sweet bay tree. (The ancient Greek name for this tree is daphne.)
Department: 
Provenance: 
Paget, E. L. (Australian), Former Collection
1949-10-18
Terletzky, Dr., Former Collection
1895
to
1895
Surutschan, I. K., Former Collection
1895
Mavrogordato, Pierre (Greek, b. Russia, 1870-1948), Former Collection
Morgan, J. Pierpont (American, 1937-1913), Former Collection
1908-07-23
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
1949-10-18
to
1955-09-09
Hochmann, Dr., Former Collection
1895
to
1895
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Roughly egg-shaped ewer. Rim everted; neck cylindrical, splaying at bottom and merging with body; small base-ring made by folding. Ribbed handle, pinched at upper extremity to form thumb-rest, attached to shoulder and rim. Decorated on lower part of neck, body, and base. Decoration on neck and body divided into two registers with identical borders above, between, and below; each border consists of continuous row of gray volutes on gilded band enclosed by gray lines with outer dark red bands; upper (narrow) register contains inscription in Greek capitals, "HXAPIC" (Grace), first and last letters separated by wheel-like rosette with gray fillers to right and left, all other letters separated by red quatrefoil with gray centers; lower register depicts four gilded figures with gray outlines and details, with quatrefoil in field; Cupid incites Apollo, who is naked except for cloak and sandals, and with quiver of arrows on shoulder. Apollo runs toward right, in pursuit of Daphne; Daphne is shown in the act of changing into a bay tree; her father, Ladon, sitting on a rock and supporting horn of plenty with extended left hand, looks on.