Askos (Oil Flask)



Askos (oil flask), wheel-made, globular body with a cylindrical neck, a flaring mouth and a wide strap handle. Burnished red surface. Charles Gatty recorded it as "Red glazed terra-cotta askos. Ancient Egyptian". Whether it was collected in Egypt needs further consideration. Colquitt Street catalogue (1852) p. 26: "Vase, of terra-cotta, of unusal form, being globular, and having one long circular handle passing directly over the top of the vase. There is an opening to put in the wine or water at, and a kind of spout to pour it off by. It is 1 foot high by 27 inches in circumference." CONDITION NOTE 1999: Dirty, surface chipped.