Ancient Graeco-Italic terracotta jug dating to c. 550BC. Constructed of a buff sandy coloured clay. Standing on a flat circular foot with acorn shaped body and ridged and everted mouth. A double loop handle emerges from the side of the piece. Decorated throughout in dark brown and umber paint. With a fascinating abstract scene on the lower body showing undulating waveforms and angular motif. It is tempting to view this scene as depicting ships sailing across violent waves, with a giant creature or perhaps a funeral pyre on the deck. This rare form dates to the Daunian IIB Subgeometric period (approx 550-500BC) when umber pigment started to be used in place of simple black. - 120mm,330 - ca.550BC - Ex British private collection, south coast of England. Acquired 1970s.’ - All items come with Free International postage, accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity .