Apulian Xenon Ware Kantharos: Cerberus
An ancient Apulian Greek Xenon ware kantharos with lateral handles, on one side, the triple headed dog guardian of Hades, Cerberus; on the reverse, a hooded female possibly representing an Amazon.
Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Xenon ware is a specific type of Apulian pottery, so named after a vase in Frankfurt (Beazley, EVP, p. 219,1.) inscribed with the name: XENON. The type is distinguished by added matt red decoration over black glaze.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired from Charles Ede Ltd., London, 1990.