Measurements: 9.3 cm − height, 12.4 cm − width


Description: An Apulian black-glazed nestoris (this shape can also be referred to as mastoid cup) with an ovoid body and two high vertical doubled handles that reach a peak above the rounded mouth, folding down to the everted rim.


The function of nestorides as drinking cups is clarified by vase paintings where such vessels are shown in use. Women usually hold the vases and offer their contents. Smaller nestorides are handed directly to men, whereas larger ones have their contents poured into a smaller vessel, such as a phiale or kantharos.


Provenance: Ex collection of Mrs Elias-Vaes, The Netherlands, acquired 1960s or early 1970s.


Reference: Carpenter, T. H., Lynch, K. M. & Robinson, E. G. D., eds., 2014, The Italic People of Ancient Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets, and Customs, pp. 224-6

The British Museum

Museum of Fine Arts Boston


Period: 4th century BC


Condition: Very fine, chipping to the rim and a chip to the bottom, minor encrustations over the whole and imperfections to surface glaze.

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