Offering card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Offering

1977.116.5

Currently not on display

Information

So-called “fruit-stand” of heavy bucchero pesante ware has hollow pedestal foot with flared base, two mouldings around stem, and a half-cylindrical body. The body was cut from a wheel-made cylinder and attached to the stem. It has moulded schematic animal (ram) heads at each corner and the center of each side, set off by series of ribbed mouldings. The body is pierced by three rows of circular holes set at irregular intervals. Incised decoration on outer surface: details on animal heads, zigzag top border. The black fabric is shaded to a dull gray near the top, due to original firing conditions There is no specific evidence for the use of “fruit-stands” to hold fruit; they occur in a number of ostentatious banquet services found in tombs of the 6th century BC.