Kantharos

Greek, South Italian
Classical Period
1st half of 4th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 145.

Dimensions

9.99 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

76.451

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Xenon Group

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Band of laurel, below which is a maeander.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #145 (76.451)
Sessile Kantharos
First half of 4th century B.C.
Shape: Deep, straight-sided body, flaring rim, two vertical strap handles disk foot. An irregular groove circles the foot for half its circumference.
In the upper zone of each side, a laurel wreath runs from right to left. On one side only, blossoms branch off from the stem. In the lower zone, a wave-pattern, executed differently on each side, runs from left toright. Each band of ornament is bordered by stripes drawn freehand. The stripes are interrupted in the handle-zone. The underside of the foot is without black glaze but washed with red. Decoration in added color is orange washed with red.
The vase is an Apulian imitation of Attic kantharoi of the fifth- and early- fourth century Saint-Valentin class; S. Howard and F.P. Johnson, AJA 58(1954), pp.191-207, pls. 32-34. For a recent discussion of Xenon group kantharoi, see Hayes, Black-Gloss, p. 115, nos. 195-196.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Austin Collection; gift of Edward Austin to MFA, August 19, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Austin