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Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Ignazia, ca. 4th century BCE. A polychrome pottery wine cup (skyphos) presenting a classic silhouette, with a remarkably thin-walled body, twin horizontal loop handles, and a short, round foot, created in a pottery workshop in the Apulia region of southern Italy where potters were known for introducing additional pigments to the red-figure painting technique. The elaborate decorative program on this example consists numerous registers, including (from top to bottom) - repeated tongues with incised lines above and below, a beaded band, and abundant hanging grapevines on one side - a pair of dotted bands separated by two incised lines on the other side. The black ground boasts wonderful iridescence. Overall, a lovely example that demonstrates skillful technique and a refined polychromatic effect characteristic of Gnathia. Size: 4.75" W handlespan x 3.125" H (12.1 cm x 7.9 cm)

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Some scuffs to the body's exterior walls, interior, rim and base. One handle reattached with a bit of touched up paint. Paint on the side with grapevines is original. Decorative program on the other side shows some repainting - with a swash of paint extending to the interior of the vessel.

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Greek Gnathian Pottery Skyphos

Estimate $300 - $450Jul 30, 2018