This is a beautifully decorated cup from the South-Italian region of Campania. Although this vessel officially belongs to the class of "blackware" pottery, the glaze is not very black but rather brownish in colour, giving the cup a wonderful golden shine, impossible to capture on the photoghraphs.
The inside is decorated with an impressed design of five small meander-like rectangles and a spiralling row of triangles, starting on the inside with very small impressions that get bigger and bigger. The cup has one horizontal handle and a low ring base.
Circa 4th century B.C.
Length 14.8 cm including handle; diameter 12 cm; height 5.5 cm.
Private Dutch collection, acquired through Arte Primitivo, New York; prior to that private Florida collection, acquired at Greg Manning Galleries, New Jersey.
Intact, with some small scratches and miniscule spots where the surface was slightly damaged (as visible on the photographs), common with ancient pottery. On the bottom, on the inside of the base ring a very small area with the remains of an adhesive used for a label (so invisible when the cup is standing on the base, and in addition to that only visible when inspected in ultraviolet light, not under normal conditions). Overall in excellent condition.