Celtic Iberian Calathus with Inscription

Culture: Iberian
Period: 2nd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 6.3 cm x 8 cm
Price: Reserved
Ref: 5121
Provenance: French private collection, acquired 2012 from Kai Schmidt in Cologne, Germany. Accompanied by a handwritten transcription paper of the previous owner.
Condition: Unrestored. A large stable crack on the lower part of the vessel, otherwise intact.
Description: Cylindrical terracotta vessel with a flat base and a straight, pulled out rim. The light clay is painted and written on the outside and on the rim with brown color. The painting depicts a large wild boar being attacked by three wolves with greedy wide-open mouths and tongues hanging out. On the other side a butterfly between volutes decoration. An inscription is transcribed from the Celtic Iberian writing reading “Aqatir th Rinin”. Worldwide there are less than 200 Celtic Iberian inscriptions known. Very rare.