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A VERY LARGE CANOSAN POTTERY VOLUTE KRATER, 3rd Cent BC

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A VERY LARGE CANOSAN POTTERY VOLUTE KRATER, 3rd Cent BC
Culture: Canosan. Date: 3rd Century B.C. Condition: Excellent, completely intact. Provenance: EX: European art market; EX: New Jersy private collection. Measurements: 24.75 inches high, (62.9 cms), 15.5 inches wide on top, (39.4 cms). Featuring a massive Canosan volute krater, the handle terminals in the form of moulded Medussa masks on both sides. Decorated with a standing Murmillo gladiator, within two columns and an arch, he is facing left and holding a shield in his left hand, and a dagger in his right hand. Other white paint decorations around the neck, rim, and body of this krater. Gladiators were the main events of spectacular shows throughout ancient Roman arenas. They have been potrayed on oil lamps, stone reliefs, pottery ware, and mosaic panels. A very rare Canosan krater with depiction of a gladiator. Cf: For a relief in marble at Museo Archeologico Di Napoli, 6704. For two pottery gladiators in combat, the British Museum, GR.1905.5-18.4, for a mosaic with gladiators, Archeological Museum, Tripoli. For a similar krater in size, see lot 92, Christie's New York Antiquities Auction, 2 June 1995, (realized then $19,550).


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