$4,500 Each Pair
Sold Separately: Two Pair Apulian Pottery Gnathia Ware Epichysis. Vessels used for pouring wine and characterized by long neck and spout, with a high looped handle. One in ovoid shape with large wreaths on body centered by rosette, other pair is reel-shaped with grape vines on shoulders and band or key across body. All vessels with a mold-made lion-head mask where handle joins the rim, circa 340 - 320 BCE. Some chips and wear due to age and use. Ovoid pair is 8" high, Reel-shaped pair is 6 1/2". In very good condition. Ex: Christie's New York. Gnathia vases are a type of ancient South Italian vase painting of the 4th century BC.
They are named after the ancient city of Gnathia (now Egnazia) in Eastern Apulia. There, the first examples of the style were discovered in the mid-19th century. Their production began in Apulia around 370/360 BC, in parallel to the local version of the red-figure style which developed tendencies towards polychromy around that time. Typical of Gnathia vases is the application of different paints directly onto the glazed vase body. Additionally, internal details could be added by incision. The themes depicted include erotes, images from the life of women, theatre scenes and dionysiac motifs. Figural, painting is often limited to the upper half of the vessel body, while the bottom half often bears only ornamental decoration. The most common shapes were bell kraters, pelikes, oinochoai and skyphoi. The most important artists are the Konnakis Painter and the Rose Painter.