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Kantharos

Location

GREECE, BOIOTIA

Era

Classical Period (480-323 B.C.E.)

Title

Kantharos

Date

2nd half of 5th c. B.C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, black glaze

Dimensions

12.3 cm (h.), 17.3 cm (diam.)

Credits

Purchase, inv. 1929.Cb.2

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Black-glazed pottery, produced mostly during the Classical and Hellenistic Periods (fifth-first century B.C.E.), has been found throughout the Mediterranean Basin. The study of its distribution can reveal trade links such as the presence of Attic and, a bit later, of Campanian black-glazed vessels in Carthage (Tunisia). Current research also continues to bring to light new areas all around the Mediterranean producing imitations of the main styles and/or local creations. In Boiotia, great quantities of locally produced black-glazed vessels were recovered in burials. Some Boiotian vessels, including high-handled kantharoi like this one, were also exported, as demonstrated by finds in the Agora of Athens.

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