Gnathia ware krater with floral and figural designs - ROM2018_16897_104


Gnathia ware krater with floral and figural designs

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-dipped with added paint
Geography: Made in Apulia, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 300 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
17.0 x 26.1 cm
Object number: 923.13.113
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This shallow krater (wine-mixing bowl)  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 facing a dove on the neck of the vase with temndrils flanking the design and a band of rosettes beneath. The body of the vase has been decorated with two zones of 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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