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Intact and Attractive Greek Xenon Cup with Key Pattern

Intact and Attractive Greek Xenon Cup with Key Pattern


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 782558
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This Greek "Xenon ware" ceramic cup dates circa 375-350 B.C., and is approximately 3.1 inches high, by 4.5 inches wide including the extended single handle. This dainty little piece has a very attractive form, and is intact with no repair and/or restoration. This Greek ceramic is classified as "Xenon ware", and was named after a kantharos that is now in Frankfurt, Germany that bears the inscription "XENON". This type of pottery represents a further aspect of Apulian pottery, which may be a combination of native Greek art from southern Italy and Greek art from Attica (mainland Greece). This piece has a deep glossy black glaze seen both on the inner and outer surfaces, and has matt orange/red designs. "Xenon ware" usually displays decorative motifs such as laurel, wave patterns, ivy leaf, and chevrons. This piece has a key pattern that runs around the center of the vessel, with chevron lines above. This superb vessel is intact, and has no minute breaks and/or chips. The painted key design is missing in sections, and this is common, as the paint was often added after the ceramic was fired and/or was a thin application. This nice piece also has no over paint, has some spotty white calcite deposits, and some minute root marking. A superb conditioned example for the type. 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: