Description: A fine black glazed guttus set on a high ridged foot with a reserved band, the shoulder finely ribbed and the discus moulded with a scene showing a himation-clad female running and holding a thyrsus, a leafy vine to the left, with a loop handle and a tall slender spout. Some very minor wear to the glaze, particularly on the underside of the bowl, but otherwise in very good condition, Calene Ware, Campania.
Size: 120 mm/4.7 ins. high
Culture: Greek South Italian Colonies
Date: 4th - 3rd Century B.C.
Provenance: Part of Lot 540 in Bonhams Antiquities Sale, Knightsbridge, London, 16 May 2002, listed as ex Collection of Monsieur S.C. Afterwards part of an extraordinary and extensive collection of ancient, Asian and modern art and luxury items assembled from the 1970s to the early 2000s by a buyer believed to have been from the Middle East, after which it was warehoused for nearly 20 years. The collection is believed to have been assembled as an investment.
Notes: A thyrsus is a staff or spear tipped with an ornament like a pine cone carried by Bacchus and his followers.
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