Magna Graecia, South Italy, probably Gnathian, ca 325 BCE. A gorgeous polychrome lekythos, the body decorated with a net pattern in black with added/fugitive white pigment dots at some of the interstices, a band of black with extending vertical striations on the shoulder and black pigment on spout, handle, and just above the base. Size: 2.25" in diameter x 5.625" H (5.7 cm x 14.3 cm)
This piece was most likely used for storing olive oil; however, beyond this utilitarian aspect, it has an attractive narrow body and finely painted decorative program, the net motif perhaps referencing sea waters, all amounting to quite a seductive example.
Provenance: Ex- Collection of James Farmer, Maryland, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005
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