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Apulian Gnathia-ware cup

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Finely modelled ceramic Gnathia-ware cup with loop strap handle coming off the shoulder and rolling onto the lower rim, which flares outward at the top. The round body is incised with grooves while the rim bears, from top to bottom, floral, dotted, and geometric decoration in white and ochre, finished off in a high black gloss. As for similar examples, the base is set on a narrow, slightly raised foot, the lower part of which was originally painted black as the rest of the body and rim; there is a reserved band just below the belly. This specific type of cups is sometimes also referred to as ‘thistle mugs’, due to their resemblance to a thistle in shape. Production was probably centered around Taras, with workshops in Egnathia (present-day Egnazia) and Canosa.

Object number: 127.006.

Date: 320-300 BC

Parallels: Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum Y1951.25; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Spurlock Museum of World Cultures 1921.01.0008; Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli 1209.

References: Padgett, Comstock, Hermann & Vermeule, Vase Painting in Italy; Red-Figure and Related Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (Boston, 1993), pp. 210-211, nos. 140-142; Giuseppe Pellegrini, Museo Civico di Bologna: Catalogo dei vasi antichi dipinti delle collezioni Palagi e Universitaria, (Bologna: Il Museo civico, 1900), cat. nos. 763ff; p. 114-115; Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Napoli 3 [Italia n. 24], p. 13, pl. 64:7.

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