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Spouted Pitcher (Askos) in the Form of a Duck

Vessels have often been made in the shape of animals. In early Bronze Age Cyprus, duck-shaped pitchers were popular. These early examples are distinctively decorated with colorful geometric designs, and they effectively capture the basic characteristics of the waterfowl. They were probably used to hold perfumes or other luxury oils.

Spouted Pitcher (Askos) in the Form of a Duck
8th century BC
Terracotta, added color
L. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope, 59.67