Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
second half of 4th century B.C.
Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 163.
10.3 cm (4 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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)
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.
By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson to MFA, 1919
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson