Object Description

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 NĂ«bel?”, in Tel Aviv 6, pp. 95-97.

Period: 4th century BC

Object Condition

Very fine, intact, with minor chipping to the rim, surface cracks and crazing to the glaze over the whole, and scratches over the whole; one larger chip to the lower body that has been glazed over; discolouration to the glaze of the lower body.

Object Classification

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  • dimensions
    W:10 x H:11.2 centimeters

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