Apulian Gnathia Ware Lekanis

 

Apulian Gnathia Ware Lekanis

An ancient Apulian Greek Gnathia ware lekanis, the lid decorated with radiating lines in added white and yellow, a band of red around the border and a laurel wreath around the edge.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Ca. 350 - 300 BC.
Height: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm).
Intact.

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.

Formerly in the collection of Jerome Eisenberg, New York, acquired in 1998; previously with H. Cahn, Basel, Switzerland.

Inv#: 8370

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