Ancient Greek Apulian Black-Glazed Terracotta Mug


An ancient Greek, terracotta mug from the South Italian Apulian region, entirely covered in a rich, black glaze. The vessel features an ovoid body sitting upon a circular base and a short wide neck leading to a flaring rim. A wide strap handle has been applied from the rim to the shoulder.

Please take note of the measurements.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd century BC
Provenance: Ex P. A., Hertfordshire, UK, specialist collection of Greek art, 1980-1990s.
Condition: Fine condition with a repair above the shoulders, displaying a long crack across the neck and rim.

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SKU: CY-203 Category:

The lustrous black gloss of this vessel indicates that it is from the Apulian region of southern Italy. From the 8th century BC onwards, southern Italy was populated by a vast number of Greek colonies, so much so that the Romans referred to the area as Magna Graecia – ‘Great Greece’.  These Greek colonies were instrumental in bringing Greek culture and thought to Italy, greatly influencing Roman literature, philosophy, and material culture in turn. Items from Apulia are characterised by their glossy black glaze, as seen on this mug, and by polychromatic pigments of white, ochre, and maroon.

To find out more about Greek pottery vessels please see our relevant blog post: Collecting Greek Vases.

Weight 143.2 g
Dimensions W 9.5 x H 8.1 cm


Pottery and Porcelain

Reference: For a similar item,Royal Ontario Museum, item 996.78.4

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