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July 2024
July 2024

BG Hellenistic kantharos plain AA

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Black glazed Hellenistic kantharos -'West Slope' style, 3rd cent BC, plain

The modern term West Slope pottery describes a type of Greek fine pottery from the Late Classical and Hellenistic periods. The name was coined in 1901 by Carl Watzinger, based on finds from the western slope of the Acropolis at Athens.

West Slope pottery is a subtype of Black-glazed Ware. It was additionally decorated with white, yellow and pink clay slip, incisions, vertical ribbing and imprinted roulette decoration. The type developed during the 4th century BC out of a pottery style with applied yellowish-orange plastic ornaments that imitated gilding.

Our ancient Greek kantharoi vessels of the so-called "West Slope Style", reproduce the originals dating from 275 to 260 BC, that form part of the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens. 

H: 16cm, maxL: 20cm, rim D: 12cm