ostracon ancient art



Greek Apulian Kalathos, 4th Century BC

Rare Apulian kalathos with cylindrical body widening to a flared mouth.

The rim set off by incised grooves, the foot with three rounded ridges. The inside of the base with a red wash.

Decorated with brown glaze shading to black. The finger marks just above the ring foot show that the vessel was dipped into the glaze.

The kalathos is a vase associated to the female sphere and stands for abundance and fertility. It is often depicted on vases with domestic scenes and was commonly used as container for wool.

For a related example, close in shape and size, cf. vase no. 83.AE.421 in the J. Paul Getty Museum database.

Intact, rare. Much of the plain black surface has worn away.

H. 6.8 cm (2.7 in), D. 14.2 cm (5.6 in)

Ex Orange County collection J.R.

420 USD

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