Daunian Pottery Kyathos

£ 300.00

A Daunian terracotta kyathos featuring a shallow bowl with a strap handle to the rear, which develops into the head of a figure. Elegant, geometric designs decorate the handle and body in a dark brown slip. Onto the base are painted two concentric circles.

Date: 6th - 4th 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.

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.


Weight 557.7 g
Dimensions W 14 x H 11.4 cm


Pottery and Porcelain