Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Frog-Shaped Guttus (Oil Flask)

Frog-Shaped Guttus (Oil Flask)

300s BC


Diameter: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.); Overall: 5.8 x 11.2 x 9.1 cm (2 5/16 x 4 7/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Gift of Keith P. Smith 1985.176


Did you know?

The philosopher Plato famously compared the Greeks living along Mediterranean coastlines to “frogs around a pond.”


Guttus is a Latin word referring to a small vessel with vertical spout and ring handle, probably used for pouring small amounts of precious liquids. Often, mold-made ceramic gutti take the form of animals, with realistic painted decoration. Here, the lifelike frog features black stripes and alternating black and white circles.

See also
GR - South Italy
Greek and Roman Art
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