Greece, Magna Graecia (South Italic colonies), Apulia, ca. 320 BCE. A miniature hydria, standing on a flared, round foot with a neck and rim of similar design. Twin handles are on either side of the shoulder; a third rises from the shoulder to the neck. The background is a glossy, almost iridescent black, while a red-figure color palm branch design has been painted on one side of the body and the neck. The palm branch design was a symbol of victory, peace, and eternal life. Size: 3.5" W x 3.7" H (8.9 cm x 9.4 cm), Comes with TL report.
The hydria is an old shape - precursors come from the eighth century BCE - and was a water jar with three handles. Two were for carrying and the third for pouring. They were also used for holding ballots during voting and for holding ashes in cemeteries. This miniature version was probably for use in a funerary context, perhaps symbolically or filled with a small offering.
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private Young collection, Newport, New Hampshire, USA
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