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Greek Boeotian Blackware Stemmed Kylix

Greece, Tanagra, Boeotia, ca. 4th century BCE. An incredibly well-preserved kylix standing on a round foot below a narrow stem. The body of the kylix is corseted, with a slightly flared rim and base. Twin strap handles curve upward from the base to tower over the rim, and then bend gracefully down to merge into the body of the vessel. Aside from the bottom of the foot, the entire kylix is glazed a glossy black probably meant to imitate the look of metal. Age has given it a silvery and in places dark rainbow iridescence. Underneath the rim on the exterior of the body is a motif of vines and grapes painted in a pale, creamy color. This vessel was probably manufactured specifically to hold a wine offering in a grave. Size: 8" L x 5.2" W x 9.5" H (20.3 cm x 13.2 cm x 24.1 cm)

Condition: Intact, with excellent remaining pigment and light encrustation. Some of the encrustation looks like the piece may have had contact with salt water during deposition. Beautiful iridescent patina.

Provenance: private London, England collection

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