Ancient Apulian South Italian Red-Figure Pottery Hydria Ca. 350 B.C.
Fine red-figure painted, pottery hydria having opposing applied handles and a handle on the reverse. Front is beautifully decorated, depicting a nude male athlete holding a long garment over his left arm and a large bunch of grapes in his right hand. Facing a female figure wearing a floor length dress, holding a fan and a ceremonial staff. Large palmette leaf on the reverse, with floral and vine elements. Lower wave pattern border. Some light scattered surface deposits. Some very minor paint loss, mostly on one handle and inside upper rim edge, a 2” original piece reattached in the rim, otherwise intact, overall exc. cond. A beautifully decorated example.Provenance: Ex Arte Primitivo, Ex: Collection of Robert Cummings, Palm Beach, FL. acquired mid 1960s to early 1970s. To present owner by descent.