A globolo

The name refers to the technique which relies sometimes exclusively, on use of a rounded cutting tip which creates spheroid elements from which the figures are composed. It probably started as a convenient shortcut to making body masses, even in the 5th century but becomes the main technique and dictates style in the 4th century and later.

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Incipient a globolo in the 5th century for a study of Herakles with club and bow.

Geneva 1962.19782. 15mm. Zazoff, no. 159.

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Three warriors (modern inscriptions). 4th cent.

London, Walters 836. 18mm. Zazoff, no. 222.

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A satyr on a raft supported by wine jars, holding a thyrsos and a dolphin. A parody of Herakles on his raft (see above, Myth Scenes 10). 4th cent.

Vienna IXB 203. 14mm. Zazoff, no. 228.

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A male Skylla - sea monster. 4th/3rd cent.

Vienna IXB 195. 15mm. Zazoff, no. 255.

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A horseman rides over a fallen warrior, from Campania (Gaeta). 4th cent.

Oxford Pr. 282. 16mm. Oxford Cat. no. 260.

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Phaethon falling from his collapsing chariot. 4th/3rd cent.

Paris, Cab.Med., de Luynes 261. 16mm. Zazoff, no. 269.

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Two dogs. 4th/3rd cent.

Naples. 14mm. Zazoff, no. 285.