Small Daunian pyxis with lid - ROM2010_11491_5


Small Daunian pyxis with lid

Medium:Wheel thrown, slip painted earthenware
Geography: Attributed to Ordona, Italy
Date: 366-334 BC
Period: Italic period
12.3 x 11.3 cm
Object number: 968.11.15.A
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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