Skyphos

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
Early 3rd century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 133.

Dimensions

17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.8121

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Brownish glaze, decorated with reeding above and below, a band of wave pattern in yellow, and under the lip an ivy pattern in yellow.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #133 (01.8121)
Possibly connects with the Group of Lecce 1047D (Webster)
Early 3rd century B.C.
Shape: A large cup, deep, thin-walled, and well-potted, with a gradually tapering body and horizontal handles; compare the feet of the two kantharoi, cat. nos. 128 and 129.

There is ribbing on the lower body and in a second band around the upper body, the two areas separated by a smooth, unribbed band decorated with yellow wave-pattern. The ribbing is carefully executed, with rounded tips. The upper section is framed by white stripes, and another stripe runs above the lower section. On either side of the rim is a yellow ivy vine with berries. There are yellow rays on the handles and a row of yellow strokes on the foot. The stem of the foot is painted red.
The band dividing the ribbing into two areas is an unusual feature on a skyphos. Webster (Gnathia, p. 28) lists four related examples, none with the bellyband, of which the closest in shape may be Karlsruhe B 912(CVA 2, pl. 82, 14); compare also Toronto 923.13.117 (Hayes, Black-Gloss, pop. 145-157, no. 258).

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Brindisi.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund