Campanian Red Figure Bail-Amphora

SKU: MS.0028

Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: c. 340 - 320 BC
Dimensions: 15.75" Height x 5.35" Width (40cms x 13.5cms)
Medium: Terracotta

The tall balustrade shaped vase, with bail above, is defined by a central figure on either side in added white and ochre. One side shows a draped maenad seated on a rock, holding a phiale and thyrsos, while the opposite side with a draped seated female holding a mirror and a wreath, the scenes flanked by scrolling tendrils, a band of wave above and below and vertical lines on the neck.

Jan Long, Massachusetts. Jan Long, Massachusetts; "Antiquities," Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 17 February 1978, lots 96

Intact, in good condition overall with areas of light surface dirt on both the ground and paint.

South Italian pottery is a classification for works produced throughout Magna Graecia. The five main centers of production for South Italian wares were, Apulia, Lucania, Paestum, Campania, and Sicily. Each colony developed upon earlier red-figure styles of painting and forms, with some taking the embellishments to new levels.

One of the most common shapes produced in Campania was the bail-amphora. This example is a good illustration of your typical campanian vase not only for its shape but for its use of bright added whites and shades of ochres, especially for the main woman's skin and additional objects.

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