Apulian Gnathia-Ware Hydria
An ancient Apulian Greek black glazed Gnathia-ware hydria, a water vessel, with handles at the sides and a decorative laurel band on the front in added white.
Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Gnathia ware is so named as it was first found at the Apulian site of Egnathia. The black-glaze ware is often decorated with red, white, or yellow floral motifs. Production probably was centered around Taras, with workshops in Egnathia and Canosa. The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Apulia increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. Apulian craftsmanship is an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 1985, p. 37, no. 116.
Formerly in a Michigan private collection; previously Sotheby's, London, May 21, 1984, lot 322.