AN APULIAN GNATHIA-WARE PELIKE, CIRCA LATE 4TH/EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.

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AN APULIAN GNATHIA-WARE PELIKE, CIRCA LATE 4TH/EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.

Height 22.2 cm; 8 ¾ in

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PROVENANCE
Sigismondo Castromediano (1811-1895), Duke of Cavallino, near Lecce
Lucia Gray Swett (1814-1916), wife of the artist Francis Alexander (1800-1880), Florence;
thence by descent to her niece, Mary Coolidge Swett (1868-1942), Brookline, Massachusetts
Gift from Edward Drummond Libbey (1854-1925), Toledo, to The Toledo Museum of Art, 1924 (accession no. 1924.110)
Christie’s, New York, Storied Treasures: Antiquities from The Toledo Museum of Art, October 19th-26th, 2016 (online), no. 35

PUBLISHED
Kurt T. Luckner, ‘Greek Vases: Shapes and Uses’, The Toledo Museum of Art Museum News, vol. 15, no. 3, 1972, p. 67, fig. 6.
C.G. Boulter and Kurt T. Luckner, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, The Toledo Museum of Art, Fasc. 2, Toledo, 1984, p. 27-28, pl. 111.
Beazley Archive Database no. 1001545.

CATALOGUE NOTE
Gnathia-ware pottery originated in the ancient city of Gnathia (now Egnazia) in the eastern Apulian region in southern Italy. Typically pottery from this region is glazed black with the application of polychromatic paint (typically, white, red or yellow) then applied directly atop the glaze. Highly decorative in nature, gnathia-ware pottery often includes motifs such as ivy, dots, scrolls and meanders. A horizontal “collar’ of different decorative rows adorn the neck of the present pelike, which is finely potted with a ribbed body and elegant, long handles. For an amphora of a similar style now at the British Museum, see https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=393853&partId=1&ware=15464&page=1

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