Terracotta Tankard dating to the Geometric Period

Culture: Greek
Period: around 700 B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 14 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2461
Provenance: American private collection, auctioned in an auction house in Chicago on 2 April 2003, lot 637.
Condition: Intact
Description: Wonderfully preserved terracotta tankard with a cylindrical corpus and a flat base. The rim is slightly pulled upwards and painted with a red-brown color. The entire corpus is decorated with encircling geometric ornaments in five registers. Below large meanders in different sizes, rectangles and wavy lines. Between the registers encircling, dark brown bands. Especially notable is the 8-shaped curved band handle with a thumb-rest. This thumb-rest is decorated with a stylized animal, possibly a bird. The outside of the band handle with painted arrows. From southern Italy. Rare in this form.