Trefoil Lip Jug from Gnathia

£ 350.00

A finely modelled black slip terracotta jug with a trefoil lip, potted in Gnathia, in the southern Italian region of Apulia. The vessel displays an ovoid body and its handle reaches from rim to shoulder. The body is decorated with deeply incised grooves with some of the original white paint still visible. The base is set on a broad, shallow foot.

Date: Circa 4th Century BC
Condition: Very fine, with signs of ageing and earthly encrustations on the surface.


Product Code: GS-08
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Gnathia was a Greek colony in southern Italy, exhibiting some of the defining traits associated with Italic pottery painting – namely, a polychromatic design painted onto a glossy black surface, often with vegetal motifs. The trefoil lip allowed for the careful pouring of contents, while also adding aesthetic value and interest to the jug. This vessel would likely have been used for storage.

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

Dimensions W 9.5 x H 12 cm

Southern Europe



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