South Italian Terracotta Kalathos

£ 450.00

A beautiful terracotta black slip kalathos from South Italy. The vessel features a flattened base, long cylindrical body and a wide flaring rim. Considering the sand-coloured clay, the vessel can be referred to the Daunian culture.

Date: Circa 5th-4th century BC
Condition: Fine, signs of aging on the surface, minor chip to one side.


Product Code: GS-01
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The Daunians were an Italic tribe inhabiting northern Apulia in classical antiquity, before the Greek expansion in south Italy. Starting in the Late Bronze Age (11th century BC), a local ceramic production was developed in the region, characterized by a light coloured purified clay and a decoration with simple geometric patterns. This production continued uninterrupted until the Hellenistic age, showing peculiar characteristics according to the different areas of the region. The glossy black finishing allows a relatively more recent dating of the vessel, between the 5th and the 4th century BC, thus bringing the vase closer to the typical Greek-Apulian production.

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

Dimensions H 16 cm

Blackware, Terracotta


Southern Europe