Apulia is a region in southern Italy and it was populated by a vast number of Greek colonies from the 8th Century BC onwards – so much so that the Romans referred to the area as Magna Graecia – ‘Great Greece’. These Greek colonies were instrumental in bringing Greek culture and thought to Italy, greatly influencing Roman literature, philosophy, and material culture in turn. Greek pottery from Southern Italy is most easily identified by its glossy black finish, as is seen on this jug.
Apulian Black Gloss Jug
A lovely black slip, high-gloss Apulian terracotta jug. The piece is of good size and has an ovoid body, a short wide neck with a flaring rim, featuring a wide strap handle from rim to shoulder and a flat base in orange clay. A very fine, intact piece.
Provenance: Survanna collection, Sussex, 1975 – 1990.
Condition: Very fine, intact. Crazing to the surface gloss revealing the orange clay colour in places, minor encrustations to the surfaces and a couple of incised horizontal lines to the body. Minor discolouration to the black glaze as a result of the firing process.