South Daunian bichrome krater - ROM2010_11491_21


South Daunian bichrome krater

Medium:Hand built, slip painted earthenware
Geography: Apulia, Italy
Date: c. 425-400 BC
Period: Italic, Daunian
15.8 x 16.7 x 16.7 cm
Object number: 920.68.40
Credit Line: Gift of Sigmund Samuel
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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