Guttus (Pouring Vessel)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique.
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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique.

Date:

About 330/300 BC

Artist:

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 (the phiale on the left) or incised (the stemless kylix at the back). Particularly noteworthy is the stemless kylix on the right that has been stamped in its center with nearly the same image, depicting the nymph Arethusa, as is the coin displayed alongside it. Although black-glazed wares can be rather coarse, these examples are quite fine. Regardless, they would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Guttus (Pouring Vessel)

Origin

Cales

Date

330 BC–300 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique

Dimensions

10.2 × 11.5 × 11/5 cm (4 × 4 9/16 × 4 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1905.347

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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