Greek South Italian Blackware Decorated Dish

£ 495.00

A very fine Greek South Italian ceramic dish which has been covered in a beautiful black glaze. The body is circular with a curved rim, which has been decorated with relief moulded vertical elongated oval pattern around the perimeter. The vessel stands on a low ring foot. Some earthly encrustations remain on the rim.

Date: Circa 4th Century BC
Condition: Complete and intact; small chips to glaze; a few light accretions.


SKU: AS-3556 Category:

Black-glazed ware is a type of ancient Greek pottery, with the modern term describing vessels covered with a shiny black slip. These black-glazed wares replaced the previously popular red-figure pottery from the Mediterranean markets and soon became ubiquitous across the Empire.

Southern Italy was populated by a large number of Greek colonies from the 8th century BC onwards – 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. Greek pottery from Southern Italy is most characteristically defined by the glossy black finish, as seen on this cup.

To find out more about different types of Greek vessel please see our relevant blog post: Collecting Greek Vases.

Weight 438 g
Dimensions W 16.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain



Reference: For a similar item, see The Metropolitan Museum, item number  1971.11.12