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On the shoulder, flanked by yellow scrolling tendrils, is a female head facing left. The body of the vase is circled by two bands of ribbing divided by a band of scrolling tendrils, framed by yellow stripes. A band of yellow rays framed by stripes circles the neck. A white fillet separates the...

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By date unknown: Thomas Gold Appleton Collection (according to Robinson, Catalogue, no. 523: purchased of Alessandro Castellani; from Gnatia); gift of Thomas Gold Appleton to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton

Greek, South Italian, Hellenistic Period, end of 4th, beginning of 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 132.


20.8 cm (8 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware


The Ancient World