Large Native Italic Daunian Olla

£ 650.00

A large Daunian olla in buff pottery. The vessel features the typical broad, funnel-shaped rim, a squat body, and stands on a flat base. Two arched handles arise from the centre of the body. At right angles to the handles, there is a stylised pierced protome on one side, and a stylised animal head protome on the other. The inside of the vessel’s mouth is painted in reddish brown and umber with geometric decoration, whereas the outside of the body features decorative bands and panels.

Date: Circa 400 - 350 BC
Condition: Complete and intact, decent amounts of decoration remaining though quite worn in places.


The term ‘olla’ denotes a cooking pot or jar, recognisable by its short, wide neck and wide belly

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 1850 g
Dimensions H 19.7 cm

Pottery and Porcelain