Daunian Pottery Jar

£ 450.00

A fine Daunian single-handled urn, decorated around the body with bands of black and amber. This lovely polychrome urn is decorated in a pleasing colour scheme of red and black-blue upon a creamy ceramic base. The lines are fairly uniform in their thickness and have clearly been rendered with care. The inside of the rim features semi-banded patterns, and the handle also is decorated with bands.

Date: Circa 4th Century BC
Condition: Very fine condition.


The Daunians were an Iapygian tribe located in northern Apulia, corresponding broadly with the province of Foggia today. They spoke the Messapian language and had a distinctive archaeological culture, first coming into contact with the Greeks when the latter embarked upon a large mission of expansion and colonisation around the western Mediterranean Sea (8th – 5th century BC). The Daunians were famed for their beautiful geometric pottery, which was decorated in both polychrome and bichrome palettes. In later periods, their decorative technique expanded to include crudely-rendered figures and animals.

To find out more about polychromy in ancient art, please refer to our relevant article: Polychromy in Ancient Greece

Weight 720 g
Dimensions H 15 cm



Pottery and Porcelain

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 66.11.6.