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Athenian black-gloss drinking cup (bolsal)
Athens, Greece, Europe (Place Created)
about 400 B.C.
28 cm (11 in.)
Gift of Constance Jordan
Deep drinking vessel with horizontal handles (bolsal), painted black inside and out. Three incised lines run around the exterior of the rim. Concentric rings on the underside are reserved.
between 1958 and 1961 - about 1984
Sir Walter Fraser Oakeshott, 1903 - 1987 (Eynsham, Oxfordshire), given to Constance Jordan, about 1984.
Constance Jordan (Altadena, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016.
Provenance Remarks: According to correspondence from Sir Walter Oakeshott to Constance Jordan (undated, before 1984), Oakeshott bought 2016.79.1 and .2 in Athens during trips with Hellenic Cruises. Dancy, J., Walter Oakeshott: A Diversity of Gifts (1995), 228 notes that Oakeshott gave lectures on Swan Hellenic Cruises in 1958, 1959 and 1961, which provides the date range for his acquisitions. When Oakeshott offered the vases to Constance Jordan is uncertain, as the letter in which he makes the offer is undated. It must, however, precede June 1984, as Oakeshott elsewhere discusses working on an article that would appear in the Times Literary Supplement for 22nd June 1984. (February 2020)