South Italian black-gloss guttus (jug) with lion's head spout - ROM2018_16897_32

ROM2018_16897_32

South Italian black-gloss guttus (jug) with lion's head spout

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware with mould-made spout, slip-painted
Geography: Probably made in Campania, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 350-300 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
Dimensions:
7.2 × 10.4 cm
Object number: 922.47.25
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

A guttus is a small enclosed jug with a strainer at the mouth to filter out impurities and a narrow spout to control the flow of liquid. It may have held oil to be used as a poured libation, for bathing, or to fill oil lamps.

This guttus has six holes as a filter on the mouth (on the top of the vessel), and a spout in the shape of a mould-made lion`s head.

Collection:
Greek World
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