Apulian Black Glazed Gnathia-Ware Mug


Apulian Black Glazed Gnathia-Ware Mug

An ancient Apulian Greek black glazed Gnathia-ware mug, with a single handle. The rim is painted with foliate patterns in white and gold; the body is decorated with incised ribs, a reserve band around the foot. (Shape 8M, Knudsen Group).

Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Ca. 300-280 BC.
Height: 4 1/4 in. (10.5 cm).

Gnathia ware is so named as it was first found at the Apulian site of Egnathia. The black glaze ware is often decorated with red, white, or yellow floral motifs. Production probably was centered around Taras, with workshops in Egnathia and Canosa.
The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Apulia increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. Apulian craftsmanship is an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic.

cf.: Padgett, Comstock, Hermann & Vermeule, Vase Painting in Italy; Red-Figure and Related Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (Boston, 1993), pp. 210-211, nos. 140-142.

Formerly in the collection of Edward J. W. Hildyard, (d. 1964), England; thence by descent, (inv. H. 106).

Inv#: 3292


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