Tall, heavy, urn-shaped vase of black basalt resting on small square base, the round foot with a band of acanthus leaves at edge, the lower body with large applied stylized acanthus leaves and separated from the upper body by a band of bound rods that encircle the body, the upper body on each side with the same relief scene of Prometheus chained to a rock and being attacked by an eagle, who attempts to eat his liver, with two large molded handles of draped female herm figures with outstretched arms, their hands entwined with, or bound by, snakes, the flat shoulder extends to a long neck that is decorated on each side with rams heads, the upper protruding edge is fluted, with pointed cover.

Prometheus Vase

Modeled by John Voyez, Manufactured by Humphrey Palmer, Hanley (Staffordshire), England

1769