Apulian Gnathia Skyphos
A large ancient Apulian Greek black glazed Gnathia skyphos with a nude, winged Eros in added white paint, holding a phiale in his left hand, a branch in his right, stands beneath ornate grape arbor, meander pattern above and a wave pattern on the reverse.
Apulia, Magna Graecia, South Eastern Italy.
Gnathia ware is so named as it was first found at the Apulian site of Egnathia. The black glaze ware is often decorated with applied red, white, or yellow painted floral motifs. Production probably was centered around Taras, with workshops in Egnathia, Canosa and Sicily..
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. IX (1997), no. 121.
Formerly in a Michigan private collection, acquired from Royal-Athena Galleries, New York.