Apulian gnathian ware kylix

Decorated with an erect phallus flanked between floral motifs, within a double circular tondo

South Italy, classical period, 4th century B.C
Diam. 16.4 cm (6 29⁄64 in)

23.4 cm diam. with handles

Private collection, USA
Private collection, Switzerland, from the above 1981

Ars Amatoria. The art of love in antiquity, 2019, 34 no. 37

Sotheby's Antiquities, London, 14th/15th December 1981, lot 370

Gnathia ware is named after the Apulian town of Gnathia (Egnazia) where vases showing this technique were first identified. Though it may have originated there, it was soon made in several centres of southern Italy and Sicily. The technique relied on the application of added colour, principally white, yellow and red, to enliven the surface of a black-glaze vase. The Painter of the Louvre Bottle was one of the leading painters working in the Gnathia technique.

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