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Greek Apulian Guttus with Lion Head, 325-300 BC

Greek Apulian Guttus with Lion Head, 325-300 BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1263226
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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 $580.00 
Guttus of shallow rounded cushion-like body with flattish closed top. The medallion is showing the frontal head of an archaic fashioned lion. From the blurred details can be concluded that the mold was in use during a long time.
Stepped ring foot, a loop handle is set on the shoulder. The spout with rounded rim-molding. Narrow gouged groups of verticals and crossed x-motifs on the body.
For a related guttus in the Louvre Paris (inv. no. N 2169 (ED 807)), cf. fig. 215 and pp. 393-395 in: Marie-Odile Jentel. Les Gutti et les Askoi à Reliefs Étrusques et Apuliens. Leiden 1976.
The guttos is supposed to be a container for holding oil or even to fill up oil lamps with. The name guttus may mean that the content is to be released drop by drop – a feature reached by the elongated spout which does not allow air to come easily in and the moldings on the rim.
Ceramic.
Apulian, 325-300 BC.
H. 9 cm (3.5 in),
D. 10.4 cm (4.1 in).
Intact, except for a restored fragment out of the spout rim. Black glaze slightly dull. Some wear in places. Root marks on the reserved bottom.
Formerly in a public collection in Zurich; old collection label reading Gewerbemuseum Zürich N. 2053.
Thence Swiss art market (data to the buyer)

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