Italic Tribes Daunian Pottery Stamnos


A Daunian stamnos of substantial size made from buff pottery. The wheel-made vessel has an out-turned rim, a short neck, two stubby handles midway down the body, and stands on a flat base. The middle is decorated with a band of stylised vines, with horizontal bands above and below. There are further decorative bands on the inside of the mouth in reddish-brown and umber pigments.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd century BC.
Condition: Very Fine: A repair to one of the handles, otherwise complete and intact, with light accretions.


The ‘stamnos’ was a vase used for the storage of wine. It can be recognised by the squat shape of its body, and by its two handles. It enjoyed widespread use in Greece and Etruria during the fourth century BC in particular.

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 1171 g
Dimensions H 21.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain