Pottery askos



Accession Number
GR4
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Egypt and its Neighbours
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Askos
Material
Pottery
Provenance
Cyprus
Measurements
Height: 82mm | Width: 35mm | Depth: 137mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow

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Description

A hand-made pottery askos in the form of a quadruped (likely a bull) with a spouted mouth in place of a head. The animal has short stumpy legs, which are fused at the front and back, a short tail, and an arching strap handle (now broken) on the back. It is made of buff unpainted clay, and has been broken at the neck and repaired at an unknown date. These vessels, which were produced in Cyprus, would have been used for holding liquids, such as oils. Typologically, it dates to the Late Cypriot I Period (c. 1600–1400 BCE). It was purchased by Wellcome in 1919 from the Laurence Cesnola Collection.

Bibliography

Gill in JHS 1996 no 41.

Wellcome Number
A26374
Other Identity
W229b (previous number no longer in use)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 18 Jul 1919, Lot 33
Previous Owners
Laurence Cesnola Collection | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 04 Aug 2021

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