Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Campania, ca. 4th century BCE. A beautiful wheel-thrown ceramic cup defined by a planar base with a flared foot, a cylindrical body, a thin flared rim, and an applied loop handle on one side of the shoulder. The entire mug - save the area beneath the foot - is covered in lustrous jet-black glaze which imbues the vessel with an elegant presentation. Campanian wares, one of the five types of known pottery produced in the Greek South Italic colonies, were made by Greek colonists in the cities of Capua and Cumae. Size: 3.25" W x 3.7" H (8.3 cm x 9.4 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Repair to handle and restoration to petite area of rim, with light restoration and resurfacing along break lines. Minor abrasions to base, body, and handle; a couple of stable hairline fissures, with light encrustations within vessel body, and minor fading to areas of glaze pigmentation. Light earthen deposits throughout.