Apulian Gnathia Ware Amphora
An ancient Apulian Greek Gnathia Ware amphora with a theater mask on one side hanging from a garland, perhaps a hetaira, framed by pendant sprigs; the other side with a wreath centered by a circular medallion; the biconical ribbed body outlined in red with added white dots around the perimeter.
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.
Published: A. J. Paul, Exhibition Catalogue, A View into Antiquity: Pottery from the Collection of William Suddaby and David Meier, Tampa, 2001, no. 47. Exh: Tampa Museum of Art, A View into Antiquity: Pottery from the Collection of William Suddaby and David Meier, 14 October 2001-13 January 2002.
Formerly in the collection of William Suddaby, Key West, Florida; subsequently in the collection of Jerome Eisenberg, New York.