Jan 29, 2020

Two-Spouted Strainer Askos (Flask) with Lid

Two-Spouted Strainer Askos (Flask) with Lid

300–200 BC

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Diameter of mouth: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); Overall: 37 x 31 cm (14 9/16 x 12 3/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.529


Did you know?

Each spout has a built-in strainer—one near the top, the other near the bottom.


Although now referred to by the Greek term askos, because of its resemblance to the animal skins used to hold wine in ancient Greece, this ceramic shape developed in the South Italian region of Daunia (north of Apulia, on the Adriatic coast). This example is unusual for its three openings—one covered by a lid, the others spouted with built-in strainers. Its profusely painted decoration, mostly geometric and vegetal patterns applied in black with added red and white, is arranged in bands that follow the contours of the vessel.

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