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Mint Greek Xenon Kantharos with Wave Pattern and Ivy Tendrils

Mint Greek Xenon Kantharos with Wave Pattern and Ivy Tendrils


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 613441
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This superb piece is a kantharos that is intact and dates circa 375-350 B.C. This piece is approximately 4.25 inches high, by 6.25 inches wide from handle to handle. This Greek ceramic is classified as "Xenon ware", and was named after a similar kantharos that is now in Frankfurt that bears the inscription "XENON". This type of pottery represents a further aspect of Apulian pottery, which may be a combination of native Greek from southern Italy and mainland Greek, meaning a Greek artist from Attica. This vessel may also have been an importation from Attica into Magna Graecia (southern Italy). This type of kantharos also follows the earlier Greek Attic kantharos types known as a "Saint-Valentin" kantharos, which were produced circa 450 B.C. Both of the types noted above have a ring base and ellipsoid handles. This piece has a beautiful black glossy glaze with matt pinkish-red designs. Xenon ware usually displays decorative motifs such as laurel, wave patterns, ivy leaf, and chevrons. All of these elements are seen on both sides of this piece, and the condition of this vessel is mint, as it is intact and the very vibrant painted details have no glaze loss. There are also some spotty white calcite deposits with some minute root marking seen in sections of the vessel. This vessel is scarce in this mint condition and size, and is a better example that what is usually seen in the market. Ex: Private German collection, circa 1980's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: