Greek kylix (South Italian colonies): 4th century BC

kylix (South Italian colonies)

The kylix was a shallow form of two handled wine cup from Mycenaean and classical Greece. The word relates to the English “chalice”. This one comes from the pre-Roman Greek colonies in south Italy, sometimes called “Magna Graecia” (which began in the 8th century BC and were finally conquered and absorbed by Rome in the 3rd century BC). Stylised palm fronds (palmettes) at centre. Mended & small patch and one handle reconstructed. (Slightly over-restored for my taste)

Size: 23 x 17.2cm

(Ex private collection London - mid 20thC)

(Aquired Helios Gallery 2013)