Skyphos

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
End of 4th or early 3rd century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 131.

Dimensions

35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

99.123

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Ribbed to within two inches of top; above, a vine pattern of yellow, on each side, a swan in the middle of this pattern.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY
Skyphos-Krater
End of 4th or early 3rd century B.C.
Shape: This large, heavy vessel is more suitable for mixing than for drinking wine, in spite of its skyphos shape. The straight-sided body abruptly tapers to a simple disk foot. The handles are tilted upward slightly.
The vertical ribbing on the body is catrefully executed and topped by a red stripe. On either side of the rim is a white and yellow swan flanked by yellow grapevines. The top of the foot is painted a dull red.
Compare a ribbed bell-krater once in the German market, with a similar decoration on the rim; Galerie Günter Puhze, Kunst der Antike, Katalog 5 (Freiburg, 1984), no. 225.

Provenance

By date unknown: Thomas G. Appleton Collection; gift of Nathan Appleton to MFA, September 18, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Nathan Appleton