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Title: Argentum Potorium and the Campanian Wall-Painter
Subtitle: The Priscus service revisited
Author(s): TAMM, John
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 80    Date: 2005   
Pages: 73-90
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.80.0.630019

Abstract :
The Campanian cities provide numerous wall-paintings with banqueting or banqueting-related imagery, in which the drinking silver tends to feature prominently. At first glance the silverware appears realistic, and the conclusion that the painters used contemporary vessels as models is tempting. However, a close examination of selected paintings, and comparison of the painted vessels to extant silverware of the first centuries BC and AD, shows that such a conclusion needs to be refined. Close parallels between actual and painted vessels are in fact rare; parallels of any kind tend to be rough at best, but often cannot be found. The painters, although providing a plausible representation of actual vessels, did not produce a ‘photographic’ record.

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