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Terracotta siphon

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Lydian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Exploration of Sardis, 1914
Accession Number:
14.30.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The siphon is in the shape of a jug with the mouth in the form of a ram's head. The underside of the vase is punctured by small holes. When the vase was filled, the contents stayed in as long as the user covered the small hole on the top of the ram's head with his thumb. When the thumb was withdrawn, the liquid flowed out through the base.
Excavated at Sardis

Butler, Howard Crosby. 1922. The Excavations, 1910-1914, Sardis, Vol. 1, Pt. 1. pp. 119-20, fig. 126, Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Kefalidou, Eurydice. 2003. "A Group of Peculiar Archaic Vases." Egnatia, 7: pp. 64-5, fig. 2a-b.

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