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* A Daunian Geometric Ceramic Kyathos, ca. 550 – 440 BCE

GP011-PB

With a painted bird in the bowl's center, the bottom of the bowl and the handle beautifully adorned with geometric decoration in dark brown slip.

Daunian society was a mixture of native Italians and Greek colonists. As early as the 6th century BCE, Daunia was an extremely wealthy region as is evidenced by the rich grave goods from the urban centers of Canosa, Arpi, and Salapia, among others. The shapes of the vessels remained strongly influenced by the Italians -- this one, for example, is a form of the Greek kyathos, or dipper, with a flat, long, looping handle, but the wideness of the strap is purely Daunian. Many Daunian vessels, like this one, were ornamented with bands of geometric decoration called listati.

Dimensions: Height: 3 7/8 inches (10 cm)

Condition: Intact, with some light deposits.

Provenance: Ex. Howard Sirak collection purchased in the 1970's.



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