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Greek Apulian Kantharos w/ Ladies of Fashion
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Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 to 320 BCE. An elegant kantharos (wine cup) boasting a pair of sweeping high handles with support struts, and thumb spurs. The flared cup's body sits upon a tall stem with a tiered foot. Each face of the exterior walls is beautifully adorned with a red-figure Lady of Fashion portrait wearing a saccos (head scarf) with pearl strands and hair pins, a drop earring, and a pearl necklace - all detailed with fugitive white and yellow-orange paint. A lustrous, black glaze envelops the interior, handles, stem, and foot. Size: 6.2" Diameter x 6.9" H (15.7 cm x 17.5 cm)

A kantharos (also cantharus) is an ancient cup form used for drinking/holding wine, possibly for rituals or ceremonial offerings; its shape most likely derived from a metalwork form. This piece is an iconic example of what is known as Type A - characterized by a deep bowl, a tall pedestal foot, and a beautiful pair of highly swung handles extending far above the lip of the vessel. Scholars believe that the kantharos was also an attribute of Dionysos, the god of wine who was also associated with fertility. Hence, in addition to being used during festive banquets, such vessels may have been used in ceremonial rituals to symbolize rebirth.

Provenance: private Wabasha, Minnesota, USA collection; ex-Nancy and Dr. E.F. Simpson collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired from 1970 to 2000

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#171841
Condition
Some stable hairline fissures to handles, interior, and foot. Expected surface wear with nicks and abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, intact and very nice with impressive remaining pigments and detail. Great encrustations throughout. Collection label on underside of base.
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Greek Apulian Kantharos w/ Ladies of Fashion

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0014: Greek Apulian Kantharos w/ Ladies of Fashion

Current Bid: $800
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Est. $1,600 - $2,400Starting Price $800
Antiquities | Ethnographica | Fine Art
May 19, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
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Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 to 320 BCE. An elegant kantharos (wine cup) boasting a pair of sweeping high handles with support struts, and thumb spurs. The flared cup's body sits upon a tall stem with a tiered foot. Each face of the exterior walls is beautifully adorned with a red-figure Lady of Fashion portrait wearing a saccos (head scarf) with pearl strands and hair pins, a drop earring, and a pearl necklace - all detailed with fugitive white and yellow-orange paint. A lustrous, black glaze envelops the interior, handles, stem, and foot. Size: 6.2" Diameter x 6.9" H (15.7 cm x 17.5 cm)

A kantharos (also cantharus) is an ancient cup form used for drinking/holding wine, possibly for rituals or ceremonial offerings; its shape most likely derived from a metalwork form. This piece is an iconic example of what is known as Type A - characterized by a deep bowl, a tall pedestal foot, and a beautiful pair of highly swung handles extending far above the lip of the vessel. Scholars believe that the kantharos was also an attribute of Dionysos, the god of wine who was also associated with fertility. Hence, in addition to being used during festive banquets, such vessels may have been used in ceremonial rituals to symbolize rebirth.

Provenance: private Wabasha, Minnesota, USA collection; ex-Nancy and Dr. E.F. Simpson collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired from 1970 to 2000

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#171841
Condition
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Some stable hairline fissures to handles, interior, and foot. Expected surface wear with nicks and abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, intact and very nice with impressive remaining pigments and detail. Great encrustations throughout. Collection label on underside of base.

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