Native Apulian jug of globular
body with tapering neck, everted rim and strap handle.
The body, the neck and the outside of the base with circumferential bands of
brown glaze. Top of the rim and outside of the handle also glazed. Standing on a
flat disk base.
The Messapians were a South Italian tribe settled in the Salento area.
Related to the Peucetes and the Daunians they belonged to the group of the
Iapyges. These populations created important urban centers and had rather
difficult relations with the Greek colonies of the Tarent region. In 473 BC the
Messapians inflicted an important defeat on the Greeks.
Although influenced by the neighboring Greek colonies the Messapians maintained
their own peculiar, rather old fashioned, pottery tradition.
Handle reattached, otherwise intact and fine.
H. to handle 18.4 cm (7.2 in)
H. to rim 15.8 cm (6.2 in)
Swiss private collection since the 1980s.
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