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 upraised handles, and a tiered pedestal 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): a band of repeating white tongues with incised lines above and below, a double yellow beaded band, a thick red linear band, and abundant hanging grapevines in white and yellow pigments on one side - and on the other side, a pair of floral buds separated by a large petaled flower all in white. The black ground boasts wonderful iridescence. Overall, a lovely example that demonstrates skillful technique and a refined polychromatic effect characteristic of Gnathia. Size: 5.625" W x 2.625" H (14.3 cm x 6.7 cm)
Provenance: private Alabama, USA collection; ex-Roy Green collection
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