Magna Graecia

(8th-5th centuries BCE ) The Roman name for the coastal areas of Southern Italy colonized by Greek city-states, an important center of Greek civilization and first named by the Roman poet Ovid in his poem Fasti. Greek settlers brought their Hellenic culture, which had a great effect on Italian civilization. Italian Apulia was part of Magna Graecia.

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

    H: 3”  W: 4.75”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING IN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    This Daunian style earthenware cup was produced in the ancient northern Italian region Apulia, then known as Magna Graecia, from the 6th or 5th centuries B.C.E.. It was covered with beige slip and painted with red, brown and black earth colors in a variety of geometric patterns. Its curved rim and high handle was ideal for pouring liquids like water and wine.  The handle may have been repaired as there is an uneven slip underneath it or may have been attached it was painted but it is otherwise in very good condition.

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

    Original price was: $595.00.Current price is: $525.00.
    H: 3.625”  Dia: 3.5″ | FREE SHIPPING within contiNental U.S.!

    This diminutive but very elegant piece is a lekanis, a lid-covered container for cosmetics.  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 B.C.E. This terracotta lidded bowl is covered with pale matte salmon decorations over a black glazed body 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.


    container for cosmetics in the 6th century BCE.and a matte pale orange-red or salmon decoration over a black glazed terracotta body fired from red clay. It was used as a special gift for a bride from fathers with small adornment items placed inside.

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

    H: 3.125”  W: 3”  D: 2.875” | FREE SHIPPING IN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    Dating from the 4th century B.C.E., this miniature pottery vessel was wheel-thrown in the Greek colonies, Apulia, Magna Graecia in Southeastern Italy. Called Xenon ware, it’s elegant shape has a curved body, small neck with flared rim and handle and is decorated with painted orange geometric designs.  Its diminutive shape indicates it may have been made for use by children or as a votive vessel. Common for pottery of this age there is some fading of the painted decoration and small chips. With no discernible repairs or restorations it is in very good shape for its age and use.

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