Pottery askos

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House of Life (first floor), Egypt and its Neighbours

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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.


Gill in JHS 1996 no 41.

Last modified: 09 Nov 2023

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