About This Artwork


Guttus (Pouring Vessel), 4th century B.C.

Terra-cotta, black-glaze technique
4.7 x 10.8 x 10.5 cm (1 7/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/8 in.)

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society, 1907.21

During the course of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., black vessels (commonly called black-glaze vessels) were made with increasing frequency in both Greece and South Italy. Many of them replicate the shape of metal vessels. Others have detailing that is molded or incised. Although black-glazed wares can be rather coarse, this example is quite fine. Regardless, they would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.

—Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151, November 11, 2012 - present.

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