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Ancient Greece, Dark Ages, Proto-Geometric period, ca. 1000 to 900 BCE. A massive wheel-thrown pottery transport amphora with a petite footed base, a tall piriform body, a rounded shoulder which gently tapers to a narrow neck, a collared rim, and a pair of applied arching strap handles joining neck to shoulder, all decorated with red slip details atop a cream ground. Thick bands of red slip form two singular stripes along the lower body, and a trio of tightly arranged, similarly hued bands encompass the area just beneath a pair of sinuous serpentine bands. Swaths of deep vermilion ring around the neck as well as the upper and lower terminals of each handle, with stripes painted vertically down each handle and tracing down towards the vessel's midsection. A fabulous and finely built example of early Greek craftsmanship! Size: 14.3" W x 27.625" H (36.3 cm x 70.2 cm)

For a stylistically similar example, please see The British Museum, museum number 1978,0701.8.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Provenance: ex-Richard Wagner collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 1960s

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Vessel has been repaired from multiple large pieces with areas of restoration, resurfacing, overpainting, and light adhesive residue along new material and break lines. Minor abrasions and nicks to handles, rim, body, and base, with some pitting, fading to slip pigmentation, and light encrustations. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

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Greek Proto-Geometric Pottery Transport Amphora w/ TL

Estimate $5,500 - $8,000Dec 05, 2019