Apulian Red-Figure 'Plastic' Oinochoe
An ancient Apulian Greek red-figure 'plastic' oinochoe, the body of the vessel molded in the form of a veiled female head with light skin and dark hair, the spout with an image of a draped woman moving to the right holding a mirror and casket, with palmettes at either side.
Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
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. A. D. Trendall, The Red-Figure Vases of Apulia II, (1982), 93, 617, pls. 311-318, "plastic vases associated with the Darius and Underworld Painters."
Formerly in the H. H. collection, Germany, 1970's; sold at auction, Cahn, Basel, Kunstwerke der Antike, June 15, 1998, lot 43.