Gnathia-ware krater with knotted handles and female heads - ROM2018_16897_37


Gnathia-ware krater with knotted handles and female heads

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-dipped with added paint
Geography: Made in Apulia, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 300 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
20.1 x 24.9 x 18 cm
Object number: 923.13.116
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This krater (wine-mixing bowl) in the shape of a large kantharos is decorated in a technique known as 'Gnathia ware', named after the town in South Italy where it was found in greatest quantities. In this technique the pot, which has been dipped in black-slip to cover the body, is then painted with added paint in reds, creamish white and yellowish brown made using slip over the top of white paint (often called gold).

This vase is decorated with a female head flanked by tendrils on either side of the neck of the vase. It has elaborately knotted handles and the body of the vase has been decorated with a moulded ribbed effect. It is early in the Late Gnathia ware sequence, which is typified by the combination of ribbed decoration and painted motifs.

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