The most charming Daunian olla I've ever come across.
It’s also one of the largest and with the nicest and
With typical broad funnel-shaped rim, the globular body
modelled with two arched handles and a pair of really charming stylised donkey
Painted in purple reddish-brown and umber.
Small surface loss damage on the rim as indicated and a
repair to the flared rim where a couple of large fragment broke off.
Some (stable) hairline cracks on the body as shown.
335mm high !
Circa 425 BC
Daunian pottery comes from the indigenous Dauni peoples
from today’s Italian provinces of Bari and Foggia. The Dauni were a tribe of
the Iapygian civilization who came from Illyria.
It was mainly produced in the regional production centres
of Ordona and Canosa di Puglia, being produced since around 700 BC. The early
painted decoration on the pottery are mainly geometric patterns. They consisted
of red, brown or black earth colours applied, diamonds, triangles, circles,
crosses, squares, arcs, and swastikas. The development of Daunian pottery forms
is totally independent of the early Greek ceramics. Typical Daunian pottery
shapes include the askos, hopper vessels and bowls with loop handles. Striking
are the anthropomorphic and zoomorphic protomen applied to the sides and
handles. From the 5th century BC, Daunian pottery is influenced by the Greek
forms and stylised human, bird and plant figures become evident.
Much less pleasing examples go for this sort of price.