Blackware Terracotta Gnathia Thistle Mug

£ 450.00

A finely modelled black slip terracotta thistle mug, so called after its resemblance to a thistle in shape. The vessel has been potted in Gnathia, a Greek colony in southern Italy, and features a round body, a handle reaching from neck to shoulder and an everted rim. The neck is painted with geometric lines and ovolo motif. Lightly incised grooves on body, finished off in a high black gloss. Base set on a narrow, slightly raised foot. This thistle mug exhibits one of the key traits of Italic pottery painting – polychromy – as is evidenced by the use of white and ochre against the jug’s glossy black finish.

Date: Circa 4th Century BC
Condition: Fine, with some signs of aging on the surface.
Product Code: GS-12
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Gnathia was famed for its glossy black slip pottery and for its polychromatic decoration – often using shades of white, ochre and red. A large number of Greek colonies populated Southern Italy 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 essential in bringing the Ancient Greek culture and thought to Italy, deeply influencing Roman literature, philosophy, and material culture in turn.

Dimensions W 8 x H 10.5 cm

Southern Europe



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