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. 141.

Dimensions

11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

95.837

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Black body with decoration of red and brown; scratched lines on upper part.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #141 (95.837)
Mug (oinochoe of shape 8M)
Attributed to the Knudsen Group (Green)
Early 3rd century B.C.
The shallow, vertical incisions on the upper body imitate ribbing but do not extend all the way down. There are three superimposed bands of ornament on the neck below the white egg-pattern on the rim: a red and yellow fillet, white key-pattern, and white dots. None of these circles the neck completely. Incised lines separate the bands of ornament. A black stripe circles the reserved lower body.
Bands of alternating red and yellow rectangles, often with wavy outlines,as on this mug, have been convincingly identified as fillets by J.R. Green; see H.-U. Cain, H. Gabelmann, and D. Salzmann, eds., “Festschrift für Nikolaus Himmelmann (Mainz, 1989), p. 223.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales Collection (according to a paper label on the foot of the vase: found in Egypt; bought in Athens for $5.00); gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales to MFA, March 28, 1895

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales