Because so many aspects of Greek life depended on the sea, a vase in the shape of a lobster claw is not surprising. It is, however, exceptional and may be a variant of the askos—a bag-shaped oil container provided with a vertical mouth and strap handle. The Dionysiac iconography of the lobster claw suggests that it was a novelty item used at symposia (drinking parties).
Inscription: Inscribed: "the boy is fair"
Said to have been found near Santa Maria di Capua in 1872 (Helbig 1873, pp. 4-5)
1872, found in a tomb near Santa Maria di Capua by Francesco Focone; by 1910, collection of Count Grégoire Stroganoff, Rome; [until 1923, with Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome]; acquired in 1923, purchased from Giorgio Sangiorgi.
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