Light green glass ashtray. 2 inches tall, hollow bas. Center of the tray is solid color with not decortaion; there is staining at the center from past use. The lip is decorated with the Greek Key and indents are painted with gold. Directly below the lip is a small strand of decoration with the pattern of an "X" followed by three lines, this pattern continues all the way around the tray. Below that design is a small strand of two connecting lines painted gold. The bottom portion of the piece is decorated with an ancient fight scene, not one in particular. There are three seperat scenes on the base. First scene can be determained as what started the battle. There is a shield on the floor with a helmet on top of it. There are two men standing above it looking at one another, both with weapons. Next to each is a pair of men running to their side, in each had a sword. Plant life around them. The scenes themselves are seperated by three stacked bush like images. Next scene is the battle, each character is in armor and can be distinguished from the other by the shields they carry (one group carring a shield what looks like a serpant and the other a bird). There is foliage in the areas above and below them. Last in the sequence is the surrender scene. There is one man, in helmet, laying down his shield while being watched by a man with no helmet and arms on his hip. Next to them there are three men, which can be described as doing two different this. Either two of them men are surrending/being captured since their hands are up and in a suplicating manner or the two on the ends are slaughting the man in the center, we just can't see the swords. Like in the scene previous there is plant life in around the characters.
First scene can be determained as what started the battle. There is a shield on the floor with a helmet on top of it. There are two men standing above it looking at one another, both with weapons. Next to each is a pair of men running to their side, in each had a sword. Plant life around them.
Comes from the Jane Sarlas Estate and was donated by Chris Sarlas. This was brought back as a souvenir from Greece. There is clear signs of use, stains, so this was not simple purchased for decortaion, but was used within the household. Modern in date.
Rights and Reproduction
The content on this site is made available for research and education purposes only. The use of these materials may be restricted by law or the donor.
Any other use, such as exhibition, publication, or commercial use, is not allowed except by written permission in accordance with the NHM Image Rights and Reproduction Policy
For questions on image rights and reproduction, please contact email@example.com
Ashtray, JANE SARLAS FONTANA, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/7088. Accessed 01/24/21.