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Canosan-style Kantharos with Geometric Motifs

Location

SOUTHERN ITALY, APULIA

Era

700-200 B.C.E.

Culture

Daunian

Title

Canosan-style Kantharos with Geometric Motifs

Date

5th-4th c. B.C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, painted decoration

Dimensions

20.5 x 37.5 x 28.7 cm

Credits

Gift of Claude Paradis, inv. 2016.192

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Towards the end of the second millennium B.C.E., potters from southern Italy started to produce vessels inspired by Mycenaean ceramics imported from Greece. They were usually decorated with brown geometric motifs on a light background. Regional differences emerged towards the end of the ninth century B.C.E. and gave rise to distinct ethnic styles. This Daunian kantharos, a drinking cup, is typical of the high-quality vessels produced in the region of Canosa. These prestige items were exported throughout southern Italy and even across the Adriatic Sea.

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