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Askos (perfume dispenser) in the shape of a duck

<i>Askos</i> (perfume dispenser) in the shape of a duck

Askos (perfume dispenser) in the shape of a duck


H: 12; W: 14.3 cm

Gift of Jan Mitchell, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

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Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

Perfume vessels in animal, and especially bird, shapes figure prominently in ancient Greek pottery as well as early Italic works. In the 4th century BCE workshops at Chiusi revived the tradition of duck askoi, which were now more naturalistically shaped and lavishly painted.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Jucker, Ines, Italy of the Etruscans, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1991, English

Chronicles of the Land, Archaeology in the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Dayagi-Mendels Michal, and Rozenberg, Silvia (eds.), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 2010


Drink and Be Merry. Wine and Beer in Ancient Times, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 03/06/1999 - 01/01/2000

The Etruscans, Nir David, 02/03/1992 - 15/09/1992

Italy of the Etruscans: Archaeological finds from the First Millenium, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 18/06/1991 - 18/11/1991