Blackware Terracotta Gnathian Thistle Mug

GBP 450.00

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Object Description

A finely modelled black slip terracotta thistle mug, so called after its resemblance to a thistle in shape. The vessel has been potted in Gnathia, a Greek colony in southern Italy, and features a round body, a handle reaching from neck to shoulder and an everted rim. The neck is painted with geometric lines and ovolo motif. Lightly incised grooves on body, finished off in a high black gloss. Base set on a narrow, slightly raised foot. This thistle mug exhibits one of the key traits of Italic pottery painting – polychromy – as is evidenced by the use of white and ochre against the jug’s glossy black finish.

Date: Circa 4th Century BC

Object Condition

Condition: Fine, with some signs of aging on the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:8 x H:10.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

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