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Daunian pottery bichrome kyathos with geometric decoration, Circa 500-400 BC

Conservation:  Repaired; damaged rim
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  11 x 11 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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Kyathos or daunian polychrome ceramic dipper. The inner face of the lip has black and red bands and geometric motifs on the exterior with no decoration on the tondo. On the underside: a wheel-shaped motif in black. The handle is decorated with swastikas.

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


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