Called Pulia by Italians, Apulia is Italy’s most eastern region, a long peninsula, bordered by the Ionian and Adriatic seas. Always a strategic area in the Mediterranean it was colonized in its earliest days by the Greeks and then the Romans until the end of the Roman Empire 476 CE. Greek tribal people from the eastern Adriatic who arrived Italy in the late Bronze Age (11th-10th centuries BCE) produced hand formed and painted pottery with red, brown and black earth colors in a variety of geometric shapes from about 700 BCE to late 4th century BCE.

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  • Ancient Daunian Earthenware Cup, Magna Graecia, Italy (1789LME) $595

    H: 3”  W: 4.75”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING!

    Produced in northern Apulia in the early Daunian period, this cup with a flaring rim has a wide loop ear-shaped handle attached at the bottom, looping above and attached to the top rim. It was covered with a beige slip before being decorated with reddish-brown and light black bands on the body and handle creating a multi color stripe motif on the handle and across the body with geometric forms such as circles, and four triangles with rounded sides typical of Duanian earthenware vessels. There may be repairs to the handle as there is a thick uneven slip applied over the painted body underneath it or the handle might have been attached after the body paint was completed. Otherwise it is in very good condition.

  • Ancient Lekanis Dish, Magna Graecia (3247BHK) $575

    H: 3.625”  Dia: 3.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This diminutive but very elegant piece is a lekanis, a lid-covered dish originating in Greece embraced by artisans from Apulia in Magna Graecia in Southern Italy who adapted this form in their Xenon wares in the 6th century BCE. This terracotta lidded bowl is covered with pale matte salmon decorations over a black glazed body, a bowl highlighted with decorative meandering bands. Fathers in ancient times filled these bowls with small items of adornment and gave them to their daughters as a wedding gift, which would be a delightful tradition to uphold today.

  • Ancient, Xenon Ceramic Vessel, Magna Graecia, Italy (1368LME) $495

    H: 3.125”  W: 3”  D: 2.875” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This small 4th century BCE Xenon earthenware container has a single strap handle. Its body is decorated with orange painted designs of a continuous geometric meander, a band of tapering vertical lines above and a thin line around the body below it.

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