Apulian Ceramic Guttos With Hercules Mask


A blackware guttos with flared base, single loop handle, and flared spout. To the centre, a mask of Hercules is modelled in low-relief. The glossy black finish and ribbed edges add further aesthetic value to the piece.

Date: 4th Century BC
Condition: Fine condition.

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This blackware guttos would have been used to refill an oil lamp, as well as providing decoration to a table. It was manufactured by a Greek community in Southern Italy – an area 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. The pottery from the area is easily recognisable by its lustrous black glaze.

Hercules, known to the Greeks as Herakles, was the son of Zeus and the mortal Alkmene. According to ancient mythology, Herakles was renowned for his superhuman strength, and for undertaking far-ranging adventures, most famously The Twelve Labours.

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

Weight 116 g
Dimensions H 5 cm



Pottery and Porcelain

Reference: For a similar item, The Met Museum, item 1972.11.3

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