Greek South Italian Pottery Guttos


A Greek blackware guttos from Southern Italy. It has a high-angled spout, and the whole surface is glossily glazed, apart from the underside of the base which is reverse. The body is decorated with vertical ribs around the perimeter, and the centre of the top is decorated with the head of a curly-haired youth in relief.

Date: Circa 4th Century BC
Condition: Very fine condition; Minor surface rubs to glaze, otherwise complete and intact.


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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.

To discover more about Ancient Greek pottery, please visit our relevant blog post: Collecting Ancient Greek Vases.

Weight 162 g
Dimensions W 10.5 x H 8.9 cm


Pottery and Porcelain