Apulian Black Glazed Guttus: Nereid

An ancient Apulian Greek black glazed guttus, a vessel for pouring oil into a lamp, with a loop handle, spout, and raised foot. The central disk is molded with a nereid riding a hippocamp.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, South Eastern Italy.
Ca. 4th century BC.
Height: 4 1/8 in. (10.6 cm).

The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Southern Italy increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. South Italian Colonial Greek craftsmanship of the 4th century BC was an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic. The five predominant regional schools of South Italian pottery were: Apulian, Sicilian, Lucanian, Paestan, and Campanian.

cf.: M.O. Jentels, Les Gutti et les askoi a reliefs Etrusques et Apuliens, (Leiden, 1976).
Formerly in a New York private collection, previously in a German private collection.
Inv#: 8734
Guaranteed Authentic


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