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Large / Choice Canosan Pottery Footed Bowl

Magna Graecia, Apulia, Canosan Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd century BCE. This buff terracotta vessel has a gorgeous form, with a delicate disc foot and a wide, shallow bowl with a thick rim. Twin handles project outward from the rim in graceful curves; the body below is flanged, as is the edge of the rim. The buff surface allows you to see the fingerprints of the ancient artisans who made this piece, especially as you examine the handles. Size: 11.95" W x 4.3" H (30.4 cm x 10.9 cm)

Canosa - Canusion, in antiquity - was a major center of the ceramics and pottery trade when it was a Greek polis. It produced truly unique pottery, completely different in decoration style (although not in shape) from earlier and neighboring traditions. What would a vessel like this have been used for? Was it placed in one of the rock tombs found just outside the polis as a tomb offering? Was it used in domestic service, and later buried with someone who loved it? Scholars continue to address these questions.

Condition: Intact, with one area of encrustation as shown. Fine root marks around lower exterior.

Provenance: Ex- private collection of James Farmer, Maryland, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005

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