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Terracotta askos (flask with a spout and handle)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.45
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The guttus and askos are two kinds of flask for liquids, often probably oil. In Southern Italy they may assume figural forms of some complexity. These examples show young black boys in unguarded moments. The vertical spout of the guttus has been turned into the neck of an amphora against which the boy leans dozing. The sack-like askos is transformed into a youth who subdues a duck.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 19, Gallatin pl. 30.7, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 132, 272, pl. 112e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 219, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Leone, Rosina. 2013. Vasi Plastici di Età Ellenistica: Figure Umane, Divinità e Scene di Genere. cat. no. 28, pp. 24, 127, Mantua, Italy: Universitas Studiorum, Mantova.

Sguaitamatti, Michel and Rosina Leone. 2015. "Figures Humaines et Objects Divers." Le Satyre et le Sanglier: Vases Plastiques Hellénistiques de Grande Grèce et de Sicile, 2. B 28, pp. 126, 18, Zürich: Akanthus.

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