Campanian Black-Glazed Guttus

SKU PF.5402
Circa

500 BC to 300 BC

Dimensions

4.5″ (11.4cm) high x 5.25″ (13.3cm) wide

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Magna Graecia

Gallery Location

USA


 

A very high-ridged spout with the small handle at a right angle is a distinctive feature of the guttus. The vessel’s narrow and bulbous body sits on a pedestal base which has a band of orange clay exposed. On the top is a nicely modeled head of a man with wavy hair and curly beard resembling classical depictions of Zeus, or perhaps Hercules. Some scholars believe the guttus was used as a type of baby bottle; but more likely it was used as a filling bottle for oil lamps. Its shape is certainly distinctive and very appealing.

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