Terracotta askos (flask with a handle over the top)
3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Canosan
H. 17 3/8 in. (44.20 cm.)
D. 16 in. (40.7 cm.)
Gift of Mrs. Frederic H. Betts, 1911
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Scylla, the Homeric monster with the upper body of an alluring woman and scaly limbs eminating from her hips, rises from the body of this vase. Scylla lurked in a cave on the Straits of Messina, seizing and devouring passing dolphins, sharks, or sailors. Scylla was a popular subject on Canosan vases of this type, which characteristically combine sculpted and painted images. On the body of this vase remain traces of the richly colored ornament in pink and blue paint on a white slip.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1911. "Recent Accessions: Gift of a Greek Vase." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(4): p. 100.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 170, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 206, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Shepard, Katharine. 1940. The Fish-Tailed Monster in Greek and Etruscan Art. p. 105, Menasha, WI: George Banta.
Schauenburg, Konrad. 1980. "Skylla oder Tritonin." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung, 87: p. 37.
de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 321, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.