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Guttus (Pouring Vessel)

A work made of terracotta, black-glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-glaze.


330-300 BCE


Greek; Apulia, Italy

About this artwork

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. While the quality of these vessels varies greatly, all would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Guttus (Pouring Vessel)


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330 BCE–300 BCE


terracotta, black-glaze


10.2 × 11.5 × 5 cm (4 × 4 9/16 × 4 9/16 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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