Canosan Buffware Kyathos


A bowl with chamfered rim and strap handle to the rear, which develops into a human figure with applied disc-shaped eyes. The bowl has a painted geometric design on its body, with a central piercing and lateral pellets; there are black painted bands to the rim and shoulder. The handle of this particular kyathos is especially fine, with the edges rendered in a ‘crown-like’ design: two pointed arches and a central arch, which is accentuated by a double-circle motif.

The piece has been finished in a bichrome colour scheme, with the decoration consisting of linear patterns. Black paint highlights certain aspects of the handle, and a geometric design (a large circle and crisp, straight lines) has been painted on the underside. The rim of the bowl is also decorated with a succession of lines.

Date: Circa 4th - 3rd Century BC
Condition: Fine condition.


The kyathos was a shallow, broad bowl with an elongated and tall handle. It is thought to have been used much like a modern ladle, namely, to scoop liquids out of a larger bowl or vase. This kyathos appears to originate from Canosa, a town in southern Apulia.

Apulia is one of the richest areas of Italy in terms of its archaeology. In the Classical and Hellenistic periods, numerous Greek colonies settled in the region, resulting in an extensive tradition of pottery derived from there. To the Romans, this part of Italy was known as Magna Graecia – ‘Great Greece’. The settlements of which Magna Graecia was composed were instrumental in bringing Greek culture to Italy.

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


Weight 346 g
Dimensions W 16 x H 13 cm



Pottery and Porcelain