Ancient Greece, Athens, Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE. A gorgeous wheel-thrown pottery kantharos with a planar base, a wide apple-shaped body with a tapered shoulder, a thin rim, and a pair of tall loop handles arching between rim and midsection. The cream-slipped vessel is decorated with elegant, black-painted geometric and linear motifs that zigzag, intersect, and flow across the composition. Fretted panels adorn both of the handles, and swaths of solid pigment envelop the lower half of the body as well as the basin interior. A wonderful example from Geometric-era Greece! Size: 5.25" W x 3.6" H (13.3 cm x 9.1 cm).
For a stylistically-similar example - from a slightly later that incorporates Boeotian artistic styles - please see the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, object number 87.392: https://www.vmfa.museum/piction/6027262-88432278/?pdf=372415&image=372415
Provenance: private Alabama, USA collection; ex-Roy Green collection; ex-Royal-Athena Gallery, New York, USA; ex-private French collection
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Repairs to both handles, with light resurfacing and overpainting along break lines. Minor abrasions to base, body, and handles, with light fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and great traces of original pigment throughout. Nice areas of craquelure to areas of original pigment. Old inventory label beneath base.