Rare superb, museum quality ancient South Italian 400-300 B.C. large black glazed wine cup "Kantharos" of elegant form with a flaring mouth, high arching handles, and a conical shaped high foot.
The black glaze of this particular Kantharos is more similar to the Etruscan Bucchero ware than to the Southern Italian Apulian black glazed ceramic or black glazed Boeotian ware. Also, the conical shaped foot is comparable to the Etruscan Bucchero ware cups rather than the Apulian ore Boeotian ware cups with a stem of character or a flaring foot.
Width (including handles): 16 cm (6.3 inches)
Height (including handles): 14 cm (5.51 inches)
CONDITION: Repaired clean breaks, small areas of restoration. Handles with clean breaks are reattached, small area of restoration on the rim near one of the handles, and encrusted dirt. Otherwise intact.
All of this is an aspect from an ancient pottery cup which is over 2200 years old.
PROVENANCE: Ex-Canadian private collection.
The buyer will be provided with a certificate of authenticity.
We were looking into many different sources to find similar Kantharos, including references on the internet. After a long search, we were able to find only one example of a similar Kantharos in all possible sources.
This similar Kantharos is in the collection of the very important world class museum in Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Rare Ancient South Italian Greek Or Etruscan 400 B.C Pottery Wine Cup Kantharos