Terracotta askos (flask with a spout and handle over the top)
4th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
H. 7.19 cm. Length 8.61 cm.
Rogers Fund, 1941
The vase is in the shape of an astragal, the knucklebone usually of a sheep or goat. Such objects occur with some frequency in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. Astragals mainly of bone and glass were used in a game comparable to jacks. As vases, they occur in several forms and may have had a connotation of chance or luck.
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