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Daunian Kyathos with Geometric Motifs, 4th Century BC

Conservation:  Repaired
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  17 cm
Provenance:  K. J. Hewett, Kent 1975; Michael Shaw acquired in London 1991; acquired by Mr. Emiel Kusters from the above in 2006, Amsterdam


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A kyathos, presenting a bulbous body, a conical neck, a broad, flared rim, and a ribbon-form handle connecting rim to body decorated with geometric motifs, all sitting upon a planar base. Enveloped in a creamy beige slip, the exterior of the vessel is intricately adorned with a black-painted decorative concentric circles.

Daunian pottery was produced mainly in the regional production centres of Ordona and Canosa di Puglia, beginning around 700 BC. The earliest paintings on pottery show vessels with geometric patterns. The pottery was hand-formed, rather than thrown on a potter’s wheel. They consisted of earth-coloured red, brown or black applied with decoration. On them were painted diamonds, triangles, circles, crosses, squares, arches, swastikas and other art forms.

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