An Apulian black-glazed askos in shape of animal skin, with a cylindrical neck with an everted flattened rim and narrow spout, set on a raised ring base that is unglazed on the underside. The back of the vessel has been drawn in to form a raised point, from which extends a short strap handle that conjoins it to the rim.
Askoi are typified by their obliquely angled necks, with their shape imitating animal-skin wine containers. Their name comes from the Greek word askos, meaning ‘wine-skin’. Their narrow spouts are well designed for pouring oil; it is therefore possible that this askos was not used exclusively as a wine vessel but for other liquids such as oil as well.
Provenance: Ex collection of Mrs Elias-Vaes, The Netherlands, acquired 1960s or early 1970s
Reference: Cassano, R., 1992, Principi imperatori vescovi, p. 356, no. 24.
Further reading: Aharoni, M., 1979, “The Askos: Is it the Biblical Nëbel?”, in Tel Aviv 6, pp. 95-97.
Period: 4th century BC