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Campanian Black-Glazed Guttus - PF.5402
Origin: Magna Graecia
Circa: 500 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 5.25" (13.3cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta


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Location: United States
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A very high-ridged spout with the small handle at a right angle is a distinctive feature of the guttus. The vessel's narrow and bulbous body sits on a pedestal base which has a band of orange clay exposed. On the top is a nicely modeled head of a man with wavy hair and curly beard resembling classical depictions of Zeus, or perhaps Hercules. Some scholars believe the guttus was used as a type of baby bottle; but more likely it was used as a filling bottle for oil lamps. Its shape is certainly distinctive and very appealing. - (PF.5402)

 

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