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The Jenkins Vase

ROMAN/ITALIAN

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Date: -1 & 18th C

Media: marble

Size: 172.0 cm

Acquired: 1976; Purchase; with assistance of the Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 14

The body of the vase is made from a round Roman altar first recorded at Pozzuoli, near Naples, in 1489. A drawing in the British Museum shows it before its transformation into a vase in the eighteenth century.

The subject of the relief is the marriage of Paris, son of Priam of Troy, to Helen. Thomas Jenkins (1720-1798), a painter, banker and dealer in Classical antiquities based in Rome, probably bought this work in Naples in 1769.

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