Colourful Gnathian 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.

To learn more about Greek pottery, please visit our relevant blog post: Styles and Uses of Greek Pottery.


Dimensions H 12 cm

Southern Europe