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Terracotta siphon

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); diameter 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1957
Accession Number:
57.11.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The siphon is filled by immersing it in liquid and stopping a small hole in the handle with one finger. Removing the finger from the hole allows the water to flow out. Although the shape is rare, it is attested over a rather extensive area from mainland Greece to Ionia.
Kilinski, Karl. 1990. Boeotian Black Figure Vase Painting of the Archaic Period. pp. 38, 51, 59, pl. 29, 4, Mainz am Rhein: Von Zabern.

Kefalidou, Eurydice. 2003. "A Group of Peculiar Archaic Vases." Egnatia, 7: no. B1, p. 81, figs. 10a-b.

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