Large askos with floral and animal motifs - ROM2011_11876_6


Large askos with floral and animal motifs

Medium:Hand-built, slip painted earthenware
Geography: Canosa, Italy
Date: c. 300 BC
Period: Italic, Late Canosan period
33.5 x 33.4 cm
Object number: 910.99.2
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.

Late Canosan pottery represents the last phase of Daunian ceramic production. Beginning in the late 4th century BC, new shapes were introduced and the painted decoration, now in a variety of colours, covered much of the pot's surface. Production was centred around the town of Canosa, where most of these vases were found in tombs, likely playing a role in funeral rites.

This askos bears Greek-style floral ornaments with tiny symbolic animals.

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