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Terracotta askos in the form of a dog

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
h. 3 9/16 in. (9.1 cm); w. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.21.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
inscribed "EUPLOUS"

This askos in the form of a reclining dog is related to the Magenta Ware flasks displayed nearby (06.1021.265, 07.286.131). Its classification as an example of Magenta Ware pottery, however, is prevented by the lack of any traces of the deep red pigment, which normally characterizes the technique. The name inscribed on the base of the askos is attested in inscriptions from Boeotia in central Greece, and may perhaps point to the place of its manufacture.
Fick, August. 1894. Die griechischen Personennamen. p. 117, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Sguaitamatti, Michel and Danielle Leibundgut Wieland. 2015. "Vases Plastiques en forme d'Animaux." Le Sanglier et le Satyre: Vases Plastiques Hellénistiques de Grande Grèce et de Sicile, 1. A 186bis, pp. 162, 75, Zürich: Akanthus.

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