South Italian black-gloss 'Calenian' guttus (jug) with palmette motif - ROM2018_16897_52

ROM2018_16897_52

South Italian black-gloss 'Calenian' guttus (jug) with palmette motif

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with applied relief and stamped decoration
Geography: Made in Apulia, Italy; from South Italy
Date: about 375-350 BC
Period: Greek late Classical period
Dimensions:
7.5 × 9.7 cm
Object number: 927.17.1
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

A guttus is a small enclosed jug often with a strainer at the mouth to filter out impurities and a narrow spout to control the flow of liquid. It may have held oil to be used as a poured libation, for bathing, or to fill oil lamps.

This guttus does not have a mouth with a strainer but would be filled through the spout. Its closed top is decorated with tiny stamped palmettes and a medallion with a raised relief decoration of a 'honeysuckle' palmette. This type of black-gloss pottery is known as Calenian ware, named after the South Italian of Cales. Although made of ceramic it is inspired by metal vessels and imitates metal-ware shapes and decorations, while the glossy black sheen resembles tarnished silver. 

Collection:
Greek World
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