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Large Jug with Bichrome Decoration

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This jug is an example of the native, non-Greek pottery from the east coast of Southern Italy, north of Bari, an area known in antiquity as Daunia. During the Subgeometric II period, Daunian pottery was still handmade, and was noted for its very fine clay, careful detailing, and smooth finish.The characteristic bichrome decoration usually consisted of broad and narrow bands of red and black that enclosed smaller geometric motifs such as the lozenges, triangles, and M designs featured on this jug. With its globular body, ledge rim, and characteristically high-swung strap handle with two small applied discs, the shape of this jug is typical as well.

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