Gnathian Terracotta Mug


Ca. 375–300 BC. Apulia, southern Italy. A beautiful wheel-thrown drinking vessel with a short concave foot with central fillet, a bulbous body, cylindrical neck, a wide, flared rim, and an attached loop handle joining the neck to shoulder. The shoulder of the mug is adorned with red and white bands of continuous and pointillist decoration. The Gnathian style originated from Apulia, a region located along the south-eastern coast of Italy. The Gnathian style consisted of a polychromic design applied onto a dark, varnished background and takes its name from the ancient southern Italian city of Egnathia, where this type of ware was first found in the mid-19th century. The primary colours used were red, white and yellow although white soon became the dominant colour. For a comprehensive treatment of Gnathian pottery, see T. B.L. Webster, “Towards a Classification of Apulian Gnathian,” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies at the University of London 15 (1968): 13–18.

Size: L:105mm / W:65mm ; 125g

Provenanace: From the private collection of a Kent gentleman C.S.; previously in an old British collection, formed in the 1980s on the UK /European art markets.

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