Colourful Gnathia Terracotta Jug

£ 800.00

A beautiful Ancient Greek black slip terracotta jug from Gnathia, a Greek colony in southern Italy. The vessel features a short pedestal foot, a rounded ribbed body, a short neck and an everted mouth. One single applied handle connects the shoulder to the rim. The jug displays a colourful decoration of a geometric motif around the neck and the shoulders.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd century BC
Condition: Fine with signs of aging and earthly encrustations on the surface.
Product Code: GS-06
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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 H 12 cm

Southern Europe



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