Apulian Red Figure Kantharos
An ancient Apulian Greek red-figure kantharos with cylindrical body, high stem, and attenuated looped handler; one side depicting a seated maenad holding a tympanum; on the other side a seated nude winged Eros.
Apulia, Magna Graecia, South Eastern 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.
Formerly in a New York private collection.