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Kalathos

Location

SOUTHERN ITALY, APULIA

Era

700-200 B.C.E.

Culture

Daunian

Title

Kalathos

Date

4th c. B.C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, painted decoration

Dimensions

18.5 cm (h.), 24.5 cm (diam.)

Credits

Gift of Claude Paradis, inv. 2016.207

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The kalathos was a basket associated with the act of spinning and weaving wool. It has been interpreted widely as a signifier of industriousness, respectability and virtuosity in women, and is often seen in representations of adornment scenes of weddings. As a gendered object, it signifies the sphere of women.

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