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Two-Spouted Strainer Askos (Flask) with Lid

Two-Spouted Strainer Askos (Flask) with Lid

300–200 BCE
Diameter of mouth: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); Overall: 37 x 31 cm (14 9/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
Location: 102D Pre-Roman

Did You Know?

Each spout has a built-in strainer—one near the top, the other near the bottom.


Although now referred to by the Greek term askos, because of its resemblance to the animal skins used to hold wine in ancient Greece, this ceramic shape developed in the South Italian region of Daunia (north of Apulia, on the Adriatic coast). This example is unusual for its three openings—one covered by a lid, the others spouted with built-in strainers. Its profusely painted decoration, mostly geometric and vegetal patterns applied in black with added red and white, is arranged in bands that follow the contours of the vessel.
  • 1915
    Through Harold Woodbury Parsons, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Beazley Archive. n.d. Beazley Archive Pottery Database. Oxford: Beazley Archive. BAPD 1001478
    Boulter, C. G., Jenifer Neils, and Gisela Walberg. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1971. p. 30, Plate 48, I
  • Inaugural Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (co-organizer) (June 6-September 20, 1916).
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