Daunian Terracotta Kantharos


An elegant terracotta kantharos originating from the Daunian culture of Northern Apulia. The vessel features a bulbous body with a conical base sat upon a ring foot. The shoulders pinch in at the neck and then flare out to a wide mouth. A curved handle has been applied to either side from the rim to the shoulder. The rim and shoulders are adorned with a band of repeating droplet-shape motifs, whilst the body, neck, foot, and rim display concentric bands of different widths. All the decorations are painted with brown pigment varying in different hues due to age.

Date: Circa 400 - 300 BC
Provenance: Ex property of a North London gentleman; from a European collection of Italic native pottery, France, bought in Paris in the 1990's
Condition: Very fine condition. There are a few minor chips to the rim of the vessel along with the body. Some encrustation is visible to the surface.


SKU: MJ-76 Category: Tag:

The Daunians were an Italic tribe inhabiting northern Apulia in classical antiquity, before the Greek expansion in Southern Italy. Starting in the Late Bronze Age (11th century BC), a local ceramic production was developed in the region, characterised by a light coloured purified clay and decorations with simple geometric patterns. This production continued uninterrupted until the Hellenistic age, showing unique characteristics according to the different areas of the region.

To learn more about Greek pottery, please visit our relevant blog post: Styles and Uses of Greek Pottery.

Weight 199.1 g
Dimensions L 10.2 x W 15.0 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,Christie’s, Live Auction 17486, Lot 75

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