This guttus has a low rounded body with a flat, closed top decorated with the head of Silenus as a central medallion. The medallion is framed by a groved ring sharply defined edges. These black gloss vases with high relief decoration was produced in many places in Southern Italy. The foot is in two degrees separated by a moulded ridge and buff ceramic. A nearly vertical spout is set on the shoulder. It has a slightly flaring profile and an open flanged mouth. On the body is a moulded pattern of fine, vertical ribs. The vase is covered with black gloss with much surface growth. This ancient ceramic dates to circa the 4th century BC and measures 4 inches in height.
For reference see: Hayes, J. W., Greek and Italian Black-Gloss Wares and Related Wares in the Royal Ontario Museum: A Catalogue, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 1984, 53-56 ("Calenian" Gutti).
Guy Michael Hedreen, 1992. Silens in Attic Black-figure Vase-painting: Myth and Performance (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan) Catalogue of the corpus.