Classical World, Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 360 to 325 BCE. This pottery oinochoe (pouring vessel) has a trefoil lip and a delicate rounded handle that curves from the rim to the upper body. A band of orange flowers and vines wraps around the neck, and the upper body has twin thin incised lines giving it further texture. Size: 3.7" W x 5.25" H (9.4 cm x 13.3 cm)
Apulian vase painters created this style, Gnathian ware, where the entire vessel was glazed and then fired to achieve a glossy black color. The style was perfected in the town of Gnathia (present-day Egnazia), on the Adriatic coast in Apulia while it was a Greek colony. The black glaze, with its gleaming silvery iridescence, is probably designed to look like bronze.
Provenance: ex-Private British Collection
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