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Terracotta vase with strainer, spout, and three handles

Period:
Geometric
Date:
late 8th–early 7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
60.11.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
While the shapes of most vases correspond to an established typology, this unusual piece was probably produced for a specific purpose. The strainer at the top permitted the solid portion of a mixture to be separated from the liquid portion, which could then be poured through the spout. The bail handle at the top allowed the vase to be suspended; the two handles at the sides facilitated lifting and pouring.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Greek Vases in the Recent Accessions Room." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(5): p. 152, fig. 1.

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