askos

Askos
Greek
3rd-1st century BCE
Terra-cotta
Height: 7 3/4 inches

This terra-cotta askos was produced in the Hellenistic period between the third and first century BCE. An askos was used in a religious or funeral ceremony often to hold oil. This particular askos has a flattened coin-form body decorated with sculpted vines, flowers, and foliage. The center is the most elaborately decorated with a raised ring and beaded ornamentation. The object has a circular mouth about the columnar neck with two stirrup handles branching from the opening.