Daunian shallow bowl with geometric decoration - ROM2010_11491_12


Daunian shallow bowl with geometric decoration

Medium:Wheel-thrown, possibly on a slow wheel, slip painted earthenware
Geography: Attributed to Ordona, Italy
Date: c. 400-350 BC
Period: Italic period
5 x 21 cm
Object number: 970.288.13
Credit Line: Gift of the Friends of Martin L. Wills
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Italic cultures, pottery

An important legacy of Early Italic cultures is the distinctive handmade painted pottery of Apulia in southern Italy. Greek-style painted pottery also appeared from about 400 BC, influenced by wheelmade products of neighbouring Greek colonists. But specific purely indigenous types continued to be made until the time of Roman conquest around 300 BC.

Daunian ceramics were expertly crafted by hand using carefully prepared clay. The most characteristic shapes were the krater and the jar. These wares were painted in earth-toned colours, then decorated with geometric patterns and additions like horns, hands, and human figures. These additions were usually associated with funerary symbolism. Handmade funerary vessels were made even after the Daunians adopted wheelmade Greek-style pottery around 400 BC.

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