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About this pottery:

Each piece is individually hand crafted from start to finish right here in our New Mexico USA studio, and is an original work of art.

All pieces are finished in engobe (refined clay slip) or Terra Sigillata. Some black parts are done in non-toxic glaze.

All pieces are 100% food and wine safe.  They are available with a beeswax coating on the inside, which makes them waterproof and stain resistant.

Also, because the surface decoration is done in colored clay applied before firing, it is thus chemically bonded to each piece, and is permanent.

For more detailed information on ceramic history and vase construction, please visit Victor Bryant: Web Tutorial for Potters website, where you will find a virtual timeline of information, complete with detailed color photographs on ancient pottery and techniques spanning from prehistoric to Roman. This is a must see for anyone interested in the history of pottery.

Click HERE for more on time periods and surface decoration.

 

 

We make movie props! (see below)

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These pieces (except for Mastos, foreground) were made for the 20th Century Fox movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Lightning Thief   released in February 2010.  The spiral kylix appears in the scene "Camp Half-Blood" .

 

 

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Artemis Krater 

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$800.00

White-Ground Style Wine Serving Krater

11 inches tall (27.5 cm) including handles  Holds approximately  3.5 liters/1 gallon 

Beeswaxed on inside, 100% food grade and water tight

Larger sizes available, e-mail for pricing:

info@venetiancat.com

 

 

Idea submitted by Edward Lindey, USA

 

 

Depicts Artemis hunting one one side, and Artemis feeding a Goose on the other

Krater CAN be decorated with YOUR choice of diety.

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Satyr Amphora

White-Ground Style Wine Serving Amphora

8.5 inches tall (21 cm)  Holds 1 Liter

Comes with cork

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Beeswaxed on inside, 100% food grade 

$550.00

Idea submitted by Ann W., USA

 

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Photo of Original

Lesbian or perhaps Chian or Miletan amphora, date unknown. The original amphora is just shy of 18 inches tall.

The amphora to the left (8.5 inches tall) is available decorated as in the above photo for the same price.

 

Both amphorae are available as Funerary Urns, and come with a plug with a knob rather than a cork. (Photo coming soon)

ARTEMIS Goddess of the Hunt Amphora 

White-Ground Style Wine Serving Amphora

8.5 inches tall (21 cm)  Holds 1 Liter

Comes with cork

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Beeswaxed on inside, 100% food grade 

$550.00

Idea submitted by Ed Lob, USA

Knucklebone Players 

Red-Figure Style Pyxis

3 inches tall(7 cm) x 3.5 inches diameter(8 cm) 

Dimensions do not include knob

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This piece was custom made for Ann W. of Virginia USA, and says in ancient Greek "PIXIS PANDORAS" or "Pandora's box"  Inside is the word "ELPIS" meaning "HOPE". 

Inside is unglazed, but can be glazed or bees-waxed if desired free of charge The shine is from burnishing. Knob also available as on the original, (right).

$500.00

 

 

Photos of Originals

 

On the red-figured Attic vase (top) is shown two women playing the same game as above. This piece dates from about 425-400 BCE,  has a cap, and it is known as a Pyxis. A "Pyxis" (plural "pyxides") is a cylindrical box used for salves and cosmetics as well as game pieces. The finial on the cap is in the shape of an "astragali" or knucklebone. On the back of this pyxis (second photo) is shown another image of two girls playing with astragali and an image of two girls playing a ball game, part of which can be seen in the image above.

 This pyxis is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Wedding of Thetis and Peleus 

Red-Figure Style Pyxis

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2.5 inches tall(7 cm) x 3 inches diameter(8 cm) 

Dimensions do not include knob

 This piece was also custom made for Ann W. of Virginia USA, and says in ancient Greek "ALLOS PIXIS PANDORAS" or "Pandora's other box"  Inside is the word "ELPIS" meaning "HOPE".

Inside is unglazed, but can be glazed or bees-waxed if desired free of charge The shine is from burnishing.

$475.00

 

Photos of Originals

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Wedding of Thetis and Peleus. Attic red-figure pyxis, ca. 470–460 BCE., from Athens.

Dimensions: H. 18.5 cm (7 ¼ in.), W. 13.4 cm (5 ¼ in.) Location Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities in the Louvre

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Artist (above): Circle of  Douris

Peleus pursuits Thetis. Attic red-figure pyxis, ca. 460 BC.

 

Black-Figure Oinochoe with Puti

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7 inches tall(18 cm),8.25 inches (21 cm.) including handle)

Holds 12 oz (350 mls)  Bees-waxed on inside, 100% food grade 

$350.00

 

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Photo of Original

Size:17 cm. H. ( 6 3/4" )
Material: Glazed terracotta
 Greek, Apulian, 4th Century B.C.

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Puti from House of Vetii, Pompeii 79 ACE

 

PLAQUES

Hephaestus, God of Technology, Blacksmiths, Craftsmen, Artisans and Volcanoes

 Self supporting plaque with 22 Carat Gold decoration

 5  x 7 inches 

(13  x 18 cm)

Perfect for altar or Sacred Space

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$150.00

Another wonderful idea submitted by Ann W., Virginia USA

The inspiration for this plaque comes from a drawing by the artist Vasily Zikos.

The plaque features Hephaestus on the front, and a quail on the back. Quails are thought to be sacred to the God Hephaestus. 

Handpainted, sturdy one-piece construction, done in terra sigillata and 22 Carat Gold Luster.   The finish is fired on and permanent, and will not wash off. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hephaestus

"ADYTON" Handmade Wall Sign

"Holiest of Holies, Do Not Enter"

Perfect for your Sacred Space

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12 inches long(30 cm),3 inches high (7 cm.) Comes with rawhide strip, ready to hang.

$65.00

Another wonderful idea submitted by Ann W., Virginia USA 

 

From Wikipedia:
The adyton (Greek: Άδυτον) or adytum (Latin) was a restricted area within the cella of a Greek or Roman temple. Its name meant "inaccessible" or "do not enter". The adyton was frequently a small area at the farthest end of the cella from the entrance: at Delphi it measured just nine by twelve feet. The adyton would often house the cult image of the god. Adyta were spaces reserved for oracles, priests or acolytes, and not for the general public. Adyta were found frequently associated with temples of Apollo, as at Bassae, Clarus, Delos and Delphi, although they were also said to have been natural phenomena (see the story of Nyx). In modern usage, the term is sometimes extended to similar spaces in other cultural contexts, as in Egyptian temple

ARYBALLOI

An aryballos (Greek: αρύβαλλος) was a small spherical or globular flask with a narrow neck used in ancient Greece. It was used to contain perfume or oil, and is often depicted in vase paintings as being used by athletes bathing. In these depictions, the vessel is sometimes attached by a strap to the athlete's wrist, or is hung by this strap from a peg on the wall.

The shape of the aryballos originally came from the oinochoe of the Geometric period of the 9th century BCE, a globe-shaped wine jar. By the Proto-Corinthian period of the following century, it had attained its definitive shape, going from spherical to ovoid to conical, and finally back to spherical. This definitive form has a wide, flat mouth, and a single small handle. Some later variations have bell-shaped mouths, a second handle, and/or a flat base.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryballos

Thanks to Marc Auger of Canada for idea submission.

 

 

ALL aryballoi come with a cork(see above), are beeswaxed on the inside, and are thus fully functional and watertight.  Each piece is stone burnished to bring out the depth of the colors.

Calydonian Boar Hunt Aryballos 

3 inches  x 3 inches

7 cm x 7 cm

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$220.00

This piece is done in the White Ground Style, but can be done in Black Figure Style (right) for the same price. 

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Corinthian black-figured aryballos, ca. 580 BC.
Dimensions H. 7 cm; D. 7.50 cm

The Calydonian Boar, a monster in Greek mythology, killed in the Calydonian Hunt, a popular subject in classical art. King Oeneus of Calydon, an ancient city of west-central Greece north of the Gulf of Patras, held annual sacrifices to the gods. One year the king forgot to include Artemis in his offerings. Insulted, Artemis created the biggest, most ferocious boar imaginable, and unloosed it on Calydon. It rampaged throughout the countryside, forcing people to take refuge inside the city walls, where they began to starve.

Satyr Aryballos Style 1 

2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

 

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Style 1

$120.00

This piece has an original surface decoration inspired by other 6th c BCE Greek pieces.

Satyr Aryballos Style 2

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Style 2

 2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

$140.00

 

This piece also has an original surface decoration inspired by other 6th c BCE Greek pieces.

Owl Aryballos 

2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

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$120.00

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Original Greece

600 BC - 550 BC

size unknown

Wide Multibanded Aryballos 

2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

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$120.00

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Original Corinth, Greece

600 BC - 550 BC

Just under 2" tall x 2" across

Horse Aryballos 

2.5 inches  x 3.5 inches tall

6 cm x 7 cm tall

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$120.00

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Original Corinth, Greece 600 BC - 550 BC

Approx. 2.25" tall x 1.75" across

Squat Aryballos A  

Multi-banded, 2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

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 $120.00

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Original (above), 6th Century B.C.E.

Original Size:1 7/8" H. (4.7cm)
Material: Terracotta

Squat Aryballos B  

Multi-banded, 2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

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 $120.00

Decoration will vary slightly as each piece is individually hand-painted.

 

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 MINI Aryballos 

Multi-banded, 1.5 inches  x 1.5 inches fully functional with beeswax

4 cm x 4 cm

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$100.00

 

MICRO Aryballos 

Multi-banded, 1 inch  x 1 inch, fully functional with beeswax

2.5 cm x 2.5 cm

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$75.00

ALABASTRA

(more styles coming soon)

 

Pasiades Alabastron

5.5 inches tall (14 cm)  x 2 inches (5cm) diameter

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$220.00

This piece can be made smaller, (as in the original size) but the price will be the same.

The alabastron (pl. alabastra) is a long-bodied vessel, with a wide flattened rim and a rounded bottom. Alabastra are usually handleless, although some examples have eyes or lugs by which thread could be attached. They seem to have been primarily used to hold perfumed oil by women after bathing.

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Attic white-ground black-figure alabastron, ca. 540 BC. Signed by Pasiades, Group of the Paidikos.
Alabastra
H. 3 ¾ in. (9.7 cm), Diam.1 ½ in. (3.9 cm)

KYLIXES

 

 

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The beautiful and elegant Kylix is often seen as a triumph of the potter's art. Kylixes were used as drinking vessels for many centuries. Wine was mixed with water in a larger vessel, or krater, and ladled into the kylix. Large kylixes were used as communal drinking vessels, and often passed around during celebrations.

Some of our work is inspired by the Minoan pottery of the what is known as the "Palace Period", which spans ca. 2100 BC to ca. 14oo BC, in particular, the "Marine Style", a style which is also found in sites all over the Eastern Mediterranean. This style is characterized by dark figures on a light background, and by detailed organic marine forms, such as squids, octopii, dolphins, and nautiluses against a backdrop of seaweed and coral reefs.

NOTE:  If you have a surface design in mind other than what is pictured, let us know, and we can work with you to create your vision.

Click HERE for  information page on surface decoration of ancient Classical Greek pottery.

All kylixes can be sealed free of charge  with beeswax on the inside, which will darken the design but prevent staining and make the piece waterproof.  

 

Mourning Athena/Hoplite Warriors Kylix

 

 Available in black figure/red ground (below)or

red figure/black ground styles.

 

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Shown here:/White Ground Style Kylix, 5th c BCE

$1600.00

Surface decoration is done in terra sigillata (refined clay slip) and black glaze, and is permanent

This is a true collector's item and art piece, much like what would have been in the home of nobility in ancient times, sure to impress your friends ...

Idea submitted by John Keahey of Texas, USA

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John doing a Greek Hoplite impression in front of a classroom

 

Example of a White-ground style kylix decorated with a unique representation of Apollo. The god is seated on a stool, holds his lyre in his left hand and with his right pours the libation from a bowl.
It is the work of an unknown skilled painter, dated to 480-470 B.C. .

Mourning Athena

Chigi Vase (from Peter Connolly's book "Greece and Rome at War"

8.5 1nches (21 cm) diameter

5.5 inches (13cm) height

The sources for the surface decoration are "Mourning Athena" a relief from the Greek Acropolis, now in the Athens Museum, about 460 BCE which has been copied inside the bowl, and from a 7th c BCE Corinthian vase found at Chigi, in Etruria (Etruscan Italy) along the outside.

The soldiers are marching at "double time"- in step and on the attack; a typical strategy to overrun or smash into an oncoming enemy of equal strength.

 

 

 

To book John Keahey for a SCHOOLPRESENTATION ONLY: Contact Byron Williams at Young Audiences of Houston:

For all other bookings, e-mail John directly.

 

Large Heracles Kylix

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10" Diameter/ 26 cm (not including handles)

$550.00

 

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Idea submitted by Mark Auger, CANADA

Dionysos Kylix

8" Diameter/ 20 cm (not including handles)

$400.00

Photo courtesy of  John D. 

 

Idea submitted by John D.

Virginia USA

As the god of wine, Dionysus was often identified with his wine and symbolically "poured out" for consumption by the gods. This generally occurred during sacrificial rituals when wine was poured over the parts of the animal being offered to the gods. In a way Dionysus was, then, made an offering of to the gods along with the sacrificed animal.
 

 

Large Octopus Kylix

$350.00

 

Large Kylix:

The Ultimate "Party Bowl"

10" Diameter/ 25 cm (not including handles)

 
 Reclining Satyr Kylix 

6 " diameter, exclusive of handles

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$250.00

As you drink the wine, the satyr is slowly unveiled...

Submitted by Ann W. Virginia USA

This piece has been sealed on the inside with 100% food grade beeswax which  makes it waterproof and stain resistant.

Based on a statue in the Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Artist/Maker Edmé Bouchardon 

(French, 1698–1762)

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 Sleeping Satyr, copy made in Rome of the celebrated antique Barberini Faun, now in the Glyptothek of Munich. The statue was exhibited in public parks (Parc Monceau, Parc de Saint-Cloud, Luxembourg Gardens), thus the poor condition of the marble.

Dimensions H. 1.84 m (6 ft. ¼ in.), W. 1.42 m (4 ft. 7 ¾ in.), D. 1.19 m (3 ft. 10 ¾ in.)

 

 

 Artemis Kylix 

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6 " diameter, exclusive of handles

$185.00

 

 

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Museum Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Catalogue No.: Boston 10.185
Beazley Archive No.: 206804
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Bell krater
Painter: Name vase of the Pan Painter
Date: ca 470 BC
Period: Early Classical

SUMMARY

Detail of Artemis drawing her bow from a depiction of the death of Aktaion. The goddess wears a head band, a deer-skin shawl, and a quiver strapped across her back.

STYLE A

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$140.00

Kylix A

5" Ht x 7" Diameter

(12 cm tall x 17.5 cm Diameter [not including handles])

Plain inside

 

STYLE B

Featured in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" Movie

 

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$145.00

Kylix B

5" Ht x 7" Diameter

c including handles])

Spirals inside

 

STYLE C

$130.00

Kylix C

5" Ht x 7" Diameter

(12 cm tall x 17.5 cm Diameter [not including handles])

Plain inside

 

 

STYLE D

$145.00

Kylix D

4.5" Ht x 7" Diameter

(12 cm tall x 17.5 cm Diameter [not including handles])

White Spirals inside

 

 

STYLE E

Featured in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" Movie

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$130.00

 

Deep Low-Footed Kylix E

4" Ht x 7"Diameter

(10 cm x 17.5 cm diameter [not including handles])

 

 

STYLE F

$135.00

Small Fish Kylix F

4" Ht x 6" Diameter

(10 cm tall x 15 cm Diameter [not including handles])

 

 

GREEK HOPLITE KIT c. 6th c BCE

 

Greek Canteen, 4th-3rd c BCE, 7 inches (17 cm) diameter   $125.00

Canteen holds approximately 14 oz. (450 ml.)

 

Kothon (military mug) 9th-8th c BCE

4.5 inches (11 cm) tall     

$45.00

 

Black Unguent Jar, includes cork $12.00

2 inches (5cm) tall

 

Michelle Hildebrandt's canteen showing her strapping idea (not included, click to enlarge view)

 

Athanasios Porporis from Melbourne, Australia (below) in his Spartan Hoplite impression (click to enlarge)

Athanasios' Spartan Hoplite reenactment group can be seen HERE:

 

Photos of Originals: Osprey's "The Greek Hoplite" and "The Spartan Army"

Idea submitted by Michelle Hildebrandt, of Indiana, USA

Michelle is also an Ancient Greek Hoplite Reenactor.  Here she is shown doing a Spartan impression.

RHYTONS

Ram's Head Rhyton

approximately 10 inches tall (26 cm)

$450.00

with handmade copper stand: add $60.00

 

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Attic red-figure ram-head rhyton, 400–375 BC

Thanks to Ann W. for idea submission

All pieces can be made with more or less decoration, and price varies acccordingly.  E-mails will be gladly answered if you have any questions or ideas for a piece.

 

Dog's Head Rhyton

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$350.00

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Each vessel is an original hand-sculpted work of art, and will vary slightly one from the other.  These are fully functional and 100% food safe.

9 inches (24 cm ) tall

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This Apulian red-figure rhyton (left) is from a Greek colony in what is today southern Italy, ca. 350-300 B.C. It is molded in the shape of the head of a dog, and on the cup, there is a running satyr.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The rhyton on the right is from about the same period.

 

The surface decoration on the reproduction (left) is taken from another rhyton of the same time period.

Idea submitted by Michelle Hildebrandt, of Indiana, USA

Michelle is also an Ancient Greek Hoplite Reenactor.  Here she is shown doing a Spartan impression.

 

 

 

Greek Hoplite Reenactors Using Kothon, Canteen, and oil lamps

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Courtesy of Christian Cameron's group in CANADA

 

PLATES

These plates, 10 inches in diameter (25 cm) are based on the Greek White Ground style.  They are entirely hand-painted and finished in terra sigillata (highly refined clay) ; the shine is from burnishing.  22 carat gold luster has been added and fired on to enhance the details.  The finish is permanent, and will not wash off.  Plates are ready to hang and include wire. 

Pythia                                                     Hephaestus

Hephaestus Plate, 

10 inches (26 cm) Diameter

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$525.00

The inspiration for this plate comes from a drawing by Vasily Zikos.  Hephaestus (Roman Vulcan) is the Greek God of Technology, Blacksmiths, Craftsmen, Artisans and Volcanoes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hephaestus

Pythia Plate, 10 inches (26 cm) Diameter

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$525.00

Original piece by the Kodros painter, c. 440-430 B.C.E

This Pythia is borrowed from the image by the Kodros painter, c440-430 BCE (below left). 

A Pythia was a woman who was known for her powerful intuitive and prophetic abilities, much as a good psychic today. The most famous of the Greek Pythias was the Oracle at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. She sat on a tripod, which was said to be situated over a spring which emitted gasses. She would breathe in these vapors as well as those of burning laurel, and divine the future for any who wished to seek.

 
See Wikipedia article;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythia

Thanks to Ann W. for submitting this idea.

 

 

Corinthian Lamp Copy: $65.00

More LAMPS

 

Original Lamp: Corinthian,7th c. BCE

Shown above is a modern Greek reproduction upon which  Styles A-F were based.  The shine is from the oil in the lamp.  The finish, which looked exactly like the photo on the left originally, darkened slightly from the oil.   It also leaked when used.

The Greek copy (above) was finished with paint, and sadly, the beautiful design you see here eventually burned off. 

Venetian Cat's version (left) is finished in permanent terra sigillata just as in ancient times..  The design will last for the life of the lamp which is intended for actual use. This lamp is clear-glaze on the bottom and inside rendering it leak proof.

 

Corinthian

Chimera Dinner Set

(Greek, 540-510 BCE)

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$350.00

Pieces also available separately

(see below)

Photo of Original Plate

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Idea submitted by Sal Cassanti

 Corinthian Chimera Plate (REPRODUCTION)

$150.00

Plate is 9.5 inches (24 cm) diameter

All pieces are hand painted in colored terra sigillata and will not wash off

100% food safe

Corinthian Chimera Kylix (REPRODUCTION)

Kylix is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter

$150.00

Photo of Original Kylix

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Corinthian tumbler

Tumbler is 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and same in height

$50.00

Photo of Original Tumbler

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ROMANO-GREEK style Dinner Set

 

COMPLETE 3 Pc Set: $145.00  

 

Surface decoration based on Ancient Greek motifs, pottery forms are Roman

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Individually: Dragendorff Bowl:$65.00    Ludowici Tg  Plate:$65.00   Cup:$30.00                                                                                                                        

Apollo Medallion

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5 inches (13 cm) diameter

$120.00

This medallion is an original bas-relief sculpture made from terra cotta, glazed to look like bronze highlighted with 24 carat gold luster.

Your favorite Greek or Roman diety  can be reproduced in this manner, e-mail us for details: info@venetiancat.com

Idea submitted by Ann W. of Virginia USA

Attic Amphora Reproduction, 490 BCE

Red Figure Style

This piece is made, stone-burnished and painted entirely by hand, just like the originals.  Surface decoration done in highly refined clay slip, iron oxide and black glaze, and is permanent

Obverse: young man swaying and playing the kithara

Reverse: judge

Vase is 9 inches (20 cm) tall

$1000.00

Commissioned by Mrs. Priscilla Blue,

Massachusetts, USA

With Sincere Thanks

 

 

 

 

 

Original Amphora, Greek, Attic, Red-Figure, c.490 BCE

Attributed to the Berlin Painter

Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts 56.171.38

 This work is a masterpiece of Greek vase painting because it brings together many features of Athenian culture in an artistic expression of the highest quality.  The shape itself is central to the effect. *

 

  The identity of the singer is given by his instrument, the kithara, which was a type of lyre used in public performances, including recitations of epic poetry.  The figure on the reverse is identified by his garb and wand.  While the situation is probably a competition, the subject is the music itself.  It transports the performer, determines his pose, and causes the cloth below the instrument to sway gently.**

 *This is a “Type C” Amphora as per  Toby Shreiber, Athenian Vase Construction: A Potter’s Analysis

ISBN 0-89236-465-3

** From a card near the original vase in the Metropolitan Museum, New York

 

 

MASTOS CUPS

("mastos" in Greek means "breast")

5.5 inch (14 cm)  diameter at the mouth
approximately 3  inches (7.5 cm) deep
7  inches (17.5 cm) from handle to handle

 


Psiax Mastos  $375.00

(black figure style)

with handmade copper stand:add $50.00

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Boeotian Decoration :

$250.00

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Solid satin black:$120.00

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Plain (burnished, unglazed): $100.00

Plain,clear-glazed on inside:   $110.00

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Black Handles, nipple, and banding, no figures, plain body, black glaze inside :$150.00

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Please specify handle style:

1) Symmetrical (top right)

2) Asymmetrical(above)

 when ordering

The "nipple" has small balls of clay inside so that the cup rattles.

Thanks to Christian and Sarah Cameron

of Toronto CANADA for this idea!

Check out Chris Cameron's Amazing Website

 

Photo of original showing asymmetrical handles

Reenactor drinking wine

(Courtesy Christian Cameron)

Black-figured Mastos Cup with Young Woman playing the Pipes

Attributed to Psiax
Greek, Athens, 520 - 510 B.C.
Terracotta
4 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 5 1/8 to 5 1/4 in.
90.AE.122

A young woman plays the double flutes on the front of this black-figure mastos or breast-shaped cup. The other side of the vase depicts a woman flourishing a branch and an ivy sprig. These objects, as well as the nebris or animal skin that she wears over one shoulder, identify this woman as a maenad, a female follower of Dionysos, the god of wine. A Dionysiac interpretation applies also to the flute-girl on the front of the mastos, who might be imagined playing for the god and his entourage, or perhaps for the humans honoring the god at a symposium or drinking party.

A mastos was designed for use at just such a symposium. The mastos was a relatively rare cup shape produced by Athenian potters only in the later 500s B.C. The shape fit in with the erotic pleasures of the symposium. Although the nipple on this mastos has been reconstructed, the potter would originally have put a pellet or bead into the nipple so that it rattled as the cup was being used, providing further entertainment.

( Above text and photos courtesy of Getty Museum, CA USA)

 

GREEK/Black Figure Style Cup with Sacred Geese Design

Cup is 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and same in height

 

$50.00

This cup is not based on any one design, but rather on the Black Figure style from the 6th century BCE, where black figures were painted on a red background and incised, allowing the clay's natural color to come through. 

Click HERE for more on time periods and surface decoration.

Geese were considered sacred to Artemis, goddess of the hunt.

The black parts of the cup are glazed and are 100% food and dishwasher safe.

 

Greek Phiale Mesomphalos (REPRODUCTION)

(libation bowl with raised center)

Finished in black semi-gloss glaze

Bottom surface is concave to follow raised surface

Late 4th c BC

24cm x 6cm

$75.00

 

Photo of original, late 4th c BC

Used in Greco-Roman antiquity for poured offerings.Note the raised part in the center, or ‘omphalos,’ which means ‘navel.’

Why the raised center? Here is a possible explanation:

"This is a visible effect created at the top of the vessel corresponding to the depression below, which was its intent and the practical purpose of the device on these ‘libation bowls.’

There is no symbolical meaning or value to the ‘omphalos’ here per se.

The design of the phiale mesomphalos is purely pragmatic, although, as found in virtually all ancient Greek artifacts, even the purely practical was formed with a sense of style, elegance and beauty.

Hence, in this particularly Hellenic-styled phiale, the ‘omphalos’ may be somewhat exaggerated beyond its purely practical function in the interest of its aesthetic appeal."

(Above text graciously submitted by Tia Jonaitis of Ohio USA)

A special thank you to Charles O'Donnell of New York USA for this idea...

 

The Minoan culture began circa 200o-2100 BC on the island of Crete which is located at the entrance of the Aegean Sea. Some of my work is inspired by the Minoan pottery of the what is known as the "Palace Period", which spans ca. 2100 BC to ca. 14oo BC, in particular, the "Marine Style", a style which is also found in sites all over the Eastern Mediterranean. This style is characterized by dark figures on a light background, and by detailed organic marine forms, such as squids, octopii, dolphins, and nautiluses against a backdrop of seaweed and coral reefs. The surface decoration on many of my pieces is inspired by original pieces as well as by the polychromatic colors that are seen in the restored section of the Palace of Knossos. Most of the forms are inspired by pieces of the Palace Period. The Kylix forms, (not the surface decoration) on the other hand, are copies of later Greek, or Attic forms dating from 610-390 BC.

For more detailed information on ceramic history and vase construction, please visit Victor Bryant's "Web Tutorials for Potters" website, where you will find a virtual timeline of information, complete with detailed color photographs on ancient pottery and techniques spanning from prehistoric to Roman. This is a must see for anyone interested in the history of pottery.

(Special thanks to Mr. Bryant for generously allowing me to use his palace photo below)

 

(Click on Thumbnail for Larger View)

 

$500.00

MN 1004

3 Dolphins Plate:

Surface decoration is both incised and painted with engobe, which is a refined colored clay that is fired together with the piece.  It is thus molecularly bonded, and will not burn or wash off. (see detail on right)

Makes an elegant and original gift.

Comes fitted with wire, ready to hang.

10 " (25 cm) Diameter

SOURCE:

View of Dolphin Fresco, Palace of Knossos, Crete, post 1700BC

 

 

 

$450.00

 

 

"Marine Style" Vase:

10" tall (25 cm)

Classical Greek form with finely painted and incised surface decoration.

Comes lined with 100% food grade beeswax and is fully watertight.

Minoan Style Oinochoe:

Featured in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" Movie

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$125.00

 

 

"Oinos" is Greek for "wine"

Features beautiful Minoan Style high handle and  spout, and pours well.

Great for serving water or wine

Comes lined with 100% food grade beeswax and is fully watertight and food-safe.

Surface decoration and handle style inspired by the lovely ware found in the Palace of Knossos. 

Holds 1 Quart/Approximately 1 liter

9 " Tall (22 cm)

$125.00

 

Geometric Oinochoe:

This lovely  pitcher is also great for pouring water or wine.

Comes lined with 100% foodgrade beeswax and is fully watertight and food-safe.

Surface decoration inspired by earlier "Geometric Period" (Middle Helladic, 1900-1600 BC).

10 " Tall (25 cm) including handle

 

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Large 14 inch (36cm) Jar $1400.00

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Small(above) $450.00

 

3 Handled Octopus Jar

REPRODUCTION:

Large:14 inches (36cm) tall  x 8.5 inches (22cm.) diameter

Small:9 inches (22.5 cm) tall

Comes lined with 100% food grade beeswax and is fully watertight.

 
Photo of Original
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Minoan, 1500 BCE

The large vase (above) is made without an electric wheel and using hand tools as in ancient times.

 

 

$450.00

 

MYC 1001

3 Handled Mycenean Vase

REPRODUCTION:

7 " (17.5 cm) tall

Comes clear-glazed on inside, but  can be coated with beeswax instead for water-tightness .

Photo of Original:

Mycenean Palace Vase, before 1400BC

 

 

 

$450.00

MN 1009

Flask with pointed Bottom:"Marine" Style"

Once used for precious oils and unguents, this flask makes an excellent showpiece.

 

(Display stand not included)

9 " Tall (22.5 cm)

MORE SOURCES:

Original, 9" (22.5 cm) Tall, 1500BC

Original Amphora,

1200BC

Original Pythos (storage vessel)16" (40 cm) Tall

1450 BC

 

 

EGYPTIAN

Note: Unless noted, these are not intended to be reproductions, but rather a form of creative expression inspired by ancient Egyptian art.

We welcome orders for Hermetic Sacred objects.

Egyptian Lotus "Isis" Cup

Reproduction

Made of terra cotta with turquoise glaze (to simulate faience)

$200.00 

7 inches (17 cm) tall

Thanks to Kathy,

starofthe wayshower.com

for this wonderful idea!

Photo of Original

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Egyptian lotiform cup with lotus decoration
Material: Blue faience
Place of origin: Tuneh, Egypt
Date of origin: Dynasty XXVIII c. 404-399 BC
Accession number: 1722 (British Museum)

Description:
FAIENCE presumably imitated the more expensive lapis lazuli, but was also seen as a magical substance because of the colour reflecting light. This chalice represents the nymphae caerula - with the flower and leaves in relief and with a stem base. The lotus was the symbol of creation, new life and also love, but also had pharmacological-medicinal functions.

NOTE:  FAIENCE is a self-glazing material, composed primarily of quartz, frit, alkali, copper and natron, or plant ash.   It is  a very challenging material to work with due to its sticky nature .

ORNATE

Egyptian Lotus Cup

Reproduction

$450.00

(Photo coming soon)

 

Photo of Original

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Lotiform Cup; H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)

 c.945–715 BC, 22nd Dynasty
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.971)

Metroploitan Museum of Fine Art

Very similar cups are also held by Eton College's Myer's Museum

This cup, made of brilliantly glazed Egyptian faience, imitates the slender form of the blue lotus flower and is decorated in relief with scenes depicting the marshy habitat.

The fragrant blossom of the blue lotus is a common motif in all forms of Egyptian art. The water lily was valued for more than its beauty and scent: because it opened its petals to the sun each morning, it became a symbol of creation and rebirth.

Such cups were funerary offerings made to be placed in tombs.

 During the Third Intermediate Period, chalices of this shape and other faience delicacies were decorated with relief scenes evoking a constellation of myths having to do with the birth of the king as child of the sun god out of the watery marsh environment, and thus the renewal of the world out of the flooded land of each midsummer New Year.
 

Egyptian Lotus Cup

Reproduction

5 " Tall (13.5 cm) x

3.5" (9cm) diameter

 

$100.00

$110.00 with beeswax on the inside

Surfaced incised by hand, finished in

buff, red, and black Terra Sigillata

Terra Sigillata makes the vessel watertight-but it will darken a bit when filled. 

Available with beeswax on the inside.

(See "terra sigillata care" sheet)

 

Original cup

18th Dynasty Egypt, 1540-1307 BC

 Found in Aniba Tomb SA30

Piece is in the University Museum,

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Said to be made of faience, (Egyptian Paste) but because archeologists aren't always potters, I believe this to be incorrect.  I think that it is either made of clay with terra sigillata for the finish, OR  clay possibly with a thin coating of faience brushed over the vessel.  Julia

For more on this, see Victor Bryant's "Web Tutorials for Potters".

Thanks to Frank Garcia for donating information, and for whom this piece was made.

Source: Freed, Rita E. Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558 - 1085 B.C.

 

 

$300.oo

1 in Stock (Slightly different than pictured here, email us for a photo)

info@venetiancat.com

 

Isis Plaque

Made of clay, hand-painted in engobe, which is a refined colored clay that is fired together with the piece.  It is thus molecularly bonded, and will not burn or wash off.

8" x 11" (20cm x 27.5 cm)

$75.00 each

 

Genie Bottle

Painted with engobe, which is colored clay that is fired on, permanent and will not wash or peel off, and polished with a thin coating of carnauba wax on the outside, food grade 100% beeswax on the inside.

 Completely watertight

Comes with cork, (not shown)

 Genie not included ; )

Design and shape will vary slightly (as shown in photo) as each bottle is individually handmade and painted.

Color shown: "0692 Bright Blue" with "0674 Lilac" banding

Many other colors available, please email us for photos of color chips.

11 " (27.5 cm) Tall

 

$85.00

 

Jade Cobra Perfumed Oil Flask

4" (10cm)Tall including lid

Jade green and copper glaze finish

Removable  stopper has hand painted and sculpted detail

Perfect for storing scented massage or precious perfumed oil.

(Perfumed oil not included)

Fit for a queen!

COSMETICS SECTION

Many other glazes and colored engobes available

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$12.00 

Banded  Unguent Jars with Cork, appx. 2  x 2 inches

burnished outside, beeswax inside

See Engobe colors HERE

 

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$15.00 

Solid Unguent Jars with Cork, appx. 2  x 2 inches

 Glazed outside and inside See colors HERE

 

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$20.00  

Cosmetic jar 3  x 1 inch 

7 x 3 cm

burnished outside, beeswax inside

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$20.00  

Cosmetic jar 3  x 3 inches 

7 x 7 cm)

burnished outside, beeswax inside

 

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$120.00

Glazed Aryballos, Multi-banded, 2.5 inches  x 2.5 inches

6 cm x 6 cm

 

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$65.00

Covered Round, 1.5 inch x 1 inch

4 cm x 2.5 cm

Terra Sigillata colors HERE

Available with beeswax inside

 

CANAANITE

$100.00

 

$110.00 with beeswax on inside

 

Canaanite Goblet Reproduction

5" (12.5cm) Tall x  

3" (7.5 cm) in diameter

Painted in colored Terra Sigillata on a buff clay body, the colors have been permanently fired onto the vessel and will not wash off.

Available with a coating of beeswax on the inside, recommended if drinking wine.  Without beeswax, the vessel will still hold liquid, but will "sweat", and the surface will darken and stain.

Original Goblet

Canaanite, Late Bronze Age  (c.1550-1200 BC)

Canaanite pots of the Late Bronze Age were often decorated with this stylized design of ibexes and palm trees.  This goblet was found in Lachish.

Thanks to Frank Garcia for donating information, and for whom this piece was made.

Source: Tubb, Jonathan N. Bible Lands. ISBN 0-7894-5770-9 (hc)

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