Kallos Gallery

A GREEK GEOMETRIC POTTERY KANTHAROS

Attic, Circa late 8th century BC

A GREEK GEOMETRIC POTTERY KANTHAROS

This pottery Geometric kantharos is a beautiful and quite rare example of early Greek vase painting. It is a fine vessel in excellent condition.

The piece has twin high-arching handles, decorated with rectangular geometric patterns. The body on both sides has been separated into two scenes by parallel lines and zig-zags. The scenes feature stylised birds and horses that are very characteristic of the period. The foreground is decorated with dotted rosettes and encircling bands below.

For similar Athenian examples of kantharoi of this period featuring stylised animals in silhouette and outline form, see Beazley archive 9035725 and 9024022. For further discussion of the Geometric style, see J. Boardman, Early Greek Vase Painting, London, 1988, p. 23-82.

Bonhams, Knightsbridge, 13th April 2000, 128. 

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