Object Description

An Apulian black-glazed nestoris (this shape can also be referred to as mastoid cup) with an ovoid body and two high vertical doubled handles that reach a peak above the rounded mouth, folding down to the everted rim.

The function of nestorides as drinking cups is clarified by vase paintings where such vessels are shown in use. Women usually hold the vases and offer their contents. Smaller nestorides are handed directly to men, whereas larger ones have their contents poured into a smaller vessel, such as a phiale or kantharos.

Provenance: Ex collection of Mrs Elias-Vaes, The Netherlands, acquired 1960s or early 1970s.

Reference: Carpenter, T. H., Lynch, K. M. & Robinson, E. G. D., eds., 2014, The Italic People of Ancient Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets, and Customs, pp. 224-6

Period: 4th century BC

Object Condition

Very fine, chipping to the rim and a chip to the bottom, minor encrustations over the whole and imperfections to surface glaze.

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:12.4 x H:9.3 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom


St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James