Composite Canosian vase - ROM2010_11491_91


Composite Canosian vase

Medium:Earthenware with wheel thrown components and slip paint
Geography: Attributed to Canosa, Italy
Date: c. 300 BC
Period: Italic, Late Canosian period
10.9 x 12.5 cm
Object number: 970.288.1
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.

Late Canosian 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.

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