Blackware glazed pottery salt dish from southeastern Italy, C. 4th century BC.
From the Greek colonies in Southern Italy. An quite large salt dish with a raised base. These were a common item on Ancient Greek dining tables and where food was prepared. Salt was an essential and highly prized commodity.
The Romans had the salinum, an essential receptacle in every household. The salinum had ceremonial importance as the container of the (salt) offering made during a meal, and also to dispense salt to diners.
Greek domestic antiquities for sale come in all shapes and sizes and are widely collected.
Condition: Damage as seen, the crack is stable. The rim of this artefact was unfortunately damaged in transit. (the chipped pieces shown are included for restoration)
Dimensions: 15cm x 5.8cm.
Provenance: Ex. UK Auction.