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Greek Canosan White Ground Pottery Oinochoe

Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Canosa, ca. 4th to 3rd century BCE. An elegant Canosan red over white ground oinochoe of a graceful form with a bulbous body, a slender cylindrical neck, and a trefoil spout with a high strap handle modeled with two ridges behind, all upon a narrow raised circular foot with concave walls. The painted decorative program features several registers that display a wonderful array of spirals, frets, netted cross-hatching, as well as a large scale leafy vine. A beautiful example that displays a classic Greek form, a characteristic red over white Canosan painted program with motifs particular to the Canosan as well as influenced by the Daunian and other nearby cultures. Size: 4.75" W x 10.375" H (12.1 cm x 26.4 cm)

Condition: Handle repaired. Chips to rim of spout and foot. Areas of restoration to body. Surface wear with pigment losses and abraded areas here and there, though much painted decoration remains. Mineral deposits on surface as well.

Provenance: private Swiss collection

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