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Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Campania, ca. 325 BCE. A black-glazed pottery guttos (oil pouring vessel) of a characteristically squat rounded form with a single trumpet-shaped spout, a ribbed, ring-like handle attached to the shoulder, and a circular disc on the top encircled by a pair of concentric decorative raised rings. In the center of the disc is a very fine relief rendering of the face of a man with a wild beard and hair - presumably Zeus, the sky and thunder god, and king of the gods of Mount Olympus. A guttos like this example would have been used by the ancients for holding precious oil to fill oil lamps. Size: 3.85" W x 3" H (9.8 cm x 7.6 cm)

Provenance: private Carlton Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980

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Intact, with lightly iridescent patina.

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Greek Campanian Blackware Guttos w/ Zeus

Estimate $800 - $1,000Dec 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA