Greek pottery Lekythos, net pattern, Apulian c. 350 BC
Greek pottery Lekythos, decorated in black with a ‘net’ pattern to the body, with white dots at each junction, the neck with vetruvian scroll border and ‘ray’ pattern to the neck. South Italian, Apulian, 4th – 3rd century BC
minor wear only
The net pattern painted on here is thought to represent an actual woven reed netting that was woven around pottery vessels to make them a bit more robust. When you consider the great distances these vessels were traded over, often with precious oil contents, it makes perfect sense. Provenance: from the collection of the diplomat Alfons Kula (1903-76), chargé d'Affaires for Poland in Egypt in the 1930's, who came out to Australia after WWII.
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