A DAUNIAN TERRACOTTA OLPE
Please refer to our stock # P.839 when inquiring.
c. 450-350 B.C.
A thin walled Olpe (wine pitcher) with rounded body and flared mouth on a low ring foot. A small handle attached from body to rim. Decorated with an orange and dark brown band surrounded by smaller, concentric bands on the body of the vessel. An additional wider band on the inside of the mouth.
In excellent condition. Intact except for three small flakes on the rim.
5.3 x 5.1 inches (13.5 x 15.2 cm)
One week shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority
Native Italic peoples produced their own distinctive ceramic wares between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C. Although the Daunian potters borrowed certain Greek decorative motifs and shapes, they never abandoned their traditional local style which Daunian taste seemed to demand. They took special delight in human, animal, and bird forms: vases with zoomorphic bodies, handles and appendages in the shapes of hands, ears, and faces. These vases often appear bizarre to the modern eye, especially when compared to the restrained elegance of their Athenian counterparts, but their exuberance and charm is undeniable
Despite the popularity of Greek and later South-Italian Greek figural pottery, Daunian pottery continued its localized production to the end of the 4th century B.C. Daunian ware is more rustic compared to black-glazed and red-figure ware, and is characterized by rounded forms with geometric and linear patterns in earthen tones.