Fine guttus showing the head of Medusa on the medallion. The scary Medusa can be identified by faint snake-like curls emerging from her rich hairdo.
The head is seen frontally with neatly designed eyes, a prominent nose and narrowed lips.
The head is surrounded by hastily impressed semicircles.
The isolated head of the Medusa had apotropaic character and was intended to protect from envy and bad eye.
For a related mask, cf. CVA Napoli, Museo Nazionale 2, IV.E.12, pls. (1047,1058) 25.4, 36.2. Beazley archive vase no. 9006026.
The rounded outside of the body with vertical ribs. Standing on a high pedestal base. A loop handle is set on the shoulder. The spout with rounded rim-molding.
Greek Apulian, 325-300 BC
H. to spout 9.4 cm (3.7 in)
D. body 9.8 cm (3.9 in)
Intact, choice condition. Shiny black glaze with a blue tint.
Old Swiss private collection, Zurich. Thence by descent.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.