Amphora (miniature)

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
second half of 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 163.

Dimensions

10.3 cm (4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

19.300

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Clay dull red. Body solid black nearly to base, an impressed red line below handles; on the neck an ivy leaf and fruit garland of thick pale red.
Ovoid body, spreading foot, wide neck, double cord handle with clasp at top.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #163 (19.300)
Kantharos
Etruscan
2nd half of 4th century B.C.
On either side of the neck is an ivy vine with reddish leaves and berries and incised stems. A groove, gouged freehand through the dull black glaze before firing, circles the body.
High similar kantharoi have been excavated at Tarquinia. Only the profiles of the rims differ significantly; compare Pianu, Sovradipinte, pl. 104, nos. 348-249. Compare also the decoration and shape (except the handles) of a vase in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (H.Hoffman, “Ten Centuries that Shaped the West: Greek and Roman Art in Texas Collections [Houston, 1971], p. 437, no. 198).
These kantharoi are evident imitations of contemporary Apulian Gnathian ware.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson to MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson