The buff-coloured vessel formed from two ovoid jars with a flat base and flaring lip, each decorated in black and red slip, with encircling band of wave at the shoulders framed by red above, a wide band of geometric linear motifs in black red and pink, a wreath of ivy, a band of linked chain, each divided by parallel lines, and motifs around the base, the interior of the short flaring lip with ovolo, the vessels joined together with a high arched strap handle decorated in black with a central rib and reeds on either side.
Literature: Jacques Chamay - Chantal Courtois (éds.), L'Art premier des Iapyges. Céramique antique d'Italie méridionale(Electa Napoli, 2002), especially no. 80-82;
F.L. Bastet, Pot en Penseel, gids voor de verzameling Grieks aardewerk in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden te Leiden (Leiden, 1985), p. 68;
Douwe G. Yntema, The Matt-Painted Pottery of Southern Italy (Utrecht, 1985) p. 398, fig. 272.
F.L. Bastet, Pot en Pensel, exhibition catalogue, (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden te Leiden, 1985), p.68.
Condition: Complete, a small area of one bowl professionally restored, otherwise intact and in fine condition overall. Very fine paint preservation, a beautiful example.
Dimensions: Height at Handle: 26.3 cm (10 3/8 in), Width: 19.5 cm (7 7/8 in)
Provenance: Private Washington DC collection.