Description: Greek red-figure owl skyphos with both sides showing an owl in three-quarters profile, each with large circular eyes with central dots, a small ‘v” for the beak, the folded wing with diagonal striations for the feathers. The body and head highlighted with stokes. An olive branch flanks both sides of each owl. A reserve ground line circles the bottom of the cup. Two horizontal handles. From the Apulia region of Southern Italy.
Height: 3 in (7.6 cm)
Condition: Intact and very fine for the type.
Provenance: Formerly in an Austrian private collection where it was acquired in 1968 in Vienna.
Reference: Owl Skyphoi were extremely popular in ancient Greece and Magna Graecia, and remain equally prized today with collectors. Fine examples embody many of the great characteristics of Greek pottery — elegant shape, fine red-figure decoration, and important iconography with the owl representing the might and brilliance of Athens — at a fraction of the price of a larger Attic or South Italian vessel.
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