About this object

Faliscan cup ('chalice'), incised decoration of winged horses.

The material culture of the Faliscans was closely related to that of the Etruscans, their nearest neightbours, but with its own distinct style.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    7th Century BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    165 mm x 117 mm
  • Related people
    Sotheby's ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner); Alfred Wilkes ( Agent and employee of Wellcome Historical Medical Museum)

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Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1936-06-25
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1981
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1928-11-12
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: 1928-11-12
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1928-11-12
    Disposal method: Sold
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