Year: 350-300 a.C.
Dimension: Higth 11,5 cm
A portion of the posterior part restored
Magna Graecia, IV century B.C. A Gnathian black glazed ware skyphos, enlived with white, yellow, red slip and incision, decorated with scrolling of ivy leaves and tendrils foliate with pendant and bunch of grapes encircling a profile head of a Lady of Fashion, the young woman wears an elaborate headdress with saccos and kekryphalos; on the reverse side a simple design of white ivy leaves.. Provenance: Herakles Numismatik und Antiquitäten GmbH (München), who acquired it on the European art market since the 1970s; from 2000s
This is an indigenous form of pottery produced in South Italy and named after the city of Gnathia (sometimes Egnatia). It was a Messapian settlement, c.60 km SE of Tarentum, but shows signs of considerable Greek influence by the 4th century BC, in its material culture and in its public buildings. Despite the name, Gnathian pottery was probably manufactured at Tarentum. It is a black-glazed ware, influenced by other Greek black-glaze techniques, but with added painted decoration. This is of a distinctive form - white and yellow are the most commonly used colours, and the emphasis is on garlands and floral decoration rather than figures scenes. These can range from a schematic series of dots to an elaborate and delicate scheme of decoration