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