Greece, Hellenistic period, ca. 4th to 3rd centuries BCE. A beautiful askos, a vessel with a flattened, triangular shape and a projecting spout at one end. The spout has a scalloped rim and two tightly curved handles rising from the body to meet the base of the neck. Where each handle joins the neck is a round motif that creates a zoomorphic look - almost like an octopus with the handles acting as tentacles. Size: 9.5" L x 5.9" W x 4.2" H (24.1 cm x 15 cm x 10.7 cm)
The vessel is slipped with a deep red pigment, much of which remains. It also has some iron patina on its underside, giving us a clue to its use - this vessel was made to be placed in a tomb, perhaps alongside an iron sword that left its patina on the body.
Provenance: Ex-private East Coast, USA collection
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