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 mug is adorned with a white wave band, a solid red band, a yellow band of meanders, a further solid red band, and a band of yellow dots. 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:130mm / W:83mm ; 180g

Provenance: 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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