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Terracotta askos (flask with a handle over the top)

Compared to the Mignot Painter
ca. 300 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The askos itself is in the form of a sea creature, Scylla, its snake-like body forming the handle on top. On the body is a hound coursing a hare, with the head of a woman above. On the front of the vase is a head of Nike; on the back, a palmette.
Scylla askoi are late Apulian creations most notable for the treatment of the shape and the apparently unrelated decoration.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1960. "Reviewed Work: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Germany Fasc. 13, Mannheim, Reiss-Museum Fasc. I by Adolf Greifenhagen." American Journal of Archaeology, 64(1): p. 100.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. The Reconstruction of Two Apulian Tomb Groups, Beiheft zur Halbjahresschrift Antike Kunst, Vol. 5. p. 11, Bern: A. Francke.

Schauenburg, Konrad. 1980. "Skylla oder Tritonin." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung, 87: pp. 30-3, 37, 54, pls. 19, 1-2; 22, 2.

Trendall, Arthur Dale and Alexander Cambitoglou. 1982. The Red-Figured Vases of Apulia. Late Apulia., Vol. 2. no. 46, p. 1026, pl. 397, 2-4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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