Apulian Red-Figure Kantharos

 

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.
Ca. 350 - 300 BC.
Height: 9 3/8 in. (23.6 cm).
Accompanied by thermoluminessence test confirming age.

The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Southern Italy increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. South Italian Colonial Greek craftsmanship of the 4th century BC was an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic. The five predominant regional schools of South Italian pottery were: Apulian, Sicilian, Lucanian, Paestan, and Campanian.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 8681

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