This cup carries all of the characteristics of the Delicate Class of Athenian workshops, however the plain underside to the base on this example makes it clear that it is a colonial copy.
The basic form of a black glaze drinking vessel with shallow bowl, low foot and no stem comes in many varieties. The form is rare during the archaic period, when instead there was a vogue for the tall-stemmed kylix. After c.480BC the skyphos and stemless kylix rose to prominence as the most popular types of drinking cup. Indeed it was this popularity that led to large quantities of such close copies being produced in southern Italy. By the middle of the fourth century BC these too had fallen in popularity and were replaced by the kantharos.
ProvenanceDr and Mrs Louk van Roozendaal, the Netherlands; acquired 1980s
Compare John W. Hayes, Greek and Italian Black-gloss Wares and Related Wares in the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, 1984), pp.62-63, no.103