Apulian Xenon Nestoris

An ancient Apulian Greek Xenon ware nestoris with high arched handles molded at the join in the form of youthful heads with ivy vine and berries and laurel leaves on either side.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, South Eastern Italy.
Ca. 330 - 300 BC.
Height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm).

Xenon ware is a specific type of Apulian pottery, so named after a vase, now in Frankfurt (Beazley, EVP, p. 219,1.) inscribed with the name: XENON. The type is distinguished by added matte red decoration over black glaze (six’s technique), often in floral and geometric designs. 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.

Formerly in the collection of Jerome Eisenberg, New York.
Inv#: 8970
Guaranteed Authentic


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