Apulian Xenon Sessile Kantharos
An ancient Apulian Xenon Group ware sessile kantharos with lateral handles, and painted scroll bands, palmettes and laurel on the body in applied red.
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. Miniature vases, perhaps toys or votives, are especially prevalent among this type of pottery.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired in the 1990's.