Ancient Messapian Plate, Pottery from Southern Italy
Here you find an exquisite antiquity from Southern Italy. Dates to circa the 4th century B.C. The Messapian culture migrated to Southern Italy from Illyria around 1000 BC. They were best known for their trozella shaped pottery, they used black lead-based glazes in geometric and floral designs. This beautiful example has a deep black band with band of floral designs and central band in tondo. It was pierced in antiquity for suspension. Measures 7.5"D , intact and in excellent condition.
Provenance: Ex-private Tampa, FL Collection acquired in the 1960s.