Magna Graecia, South Italy, Xenon, ca. 4th c. BCE. A fine ceramic drinking cup of a classic kylix form with a wide shallow bowl on a raised foot and twin upraised handles, the interior bowl adorned with a laurel wreath pattern encircling an elaborate star motif on the tondo, the same laurel leaf motif mirrored on the exterior walls - all via skillfully added peach-pink pigment on a lustrous black ground. A fabulous example of this ancient vessel probably used for drinking wine, perfect for all you oenophiles out there! Size: 8.5" W x 2.25" H (21.6 cm x 5.7 cm)
Xenon ware is a specific type of Apulian pottery, named after a vase in Frankfurt (Beazley, EVP, p. 219,1.) that is inscribed with the name: XENON. The type is distinguished by added matt red decoration over black glaze.
Provenance: Ex- Collection of James Farmer, Maryland, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005
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