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Campanian Black-Glazed Guttus - PF.5391
Origin: Magna Graecia
Circa: 500 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 5.875" (14.9cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta


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Location: UAE
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A finely modeled Gorgon head in relief occupies the central portion of this guttus. The head of the Gorgon Medusa was featured the aegis (shield) of the goddess Athena; and in fact, with the suggestion of a helmet, this may be the goddess herself. A long spout, ridged at the top, and a short handle are characteristic of this type of vessel, as is the fine incising on the sides. Two areas of orange slip decorate the triple- tiered base. It has been suggested the guttus was used as a feeding bottle for infants. More likely, it was a filling-bottle for oil lamps; and in this case, a fine testimony to the terracotta vessels of the Magna Grecia. - (PF.5391)

 

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