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Red Figure Askos

Greek (Attic)

Classical (ca. 450 - 400 BCE)



This small oil flask is a type known to scholars as an askos, after its resemblance to an animal-skin container, but it is not certain what ancient Greeks would have called it. The perforations in the middle of the body could have been used for straining liquid or to allow the release of fragrance. The small ring handle (broken) could be used for pouring the liquid through the small spout, broken and not completely preserved. It is decorated in the red-figure technique, with a wreath of laurel leaves.