This Greek Terracotta Guttus would have been used in ritual and sacrificial situations as its small narrow neck allows liquid to be let out in drops. Indeed, its name Guttus comes from the word ‘Guttae’ which means drops.


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C. 500-400 BC. Ancient Greek. A rare black glazed terracotta guttus with a long spout with a wide out-turned rim; a squat, globular body with vertically ribbed edge and ring foot. A single lug handle is attached to the shoulder. On the central disc of the body is a moulded low relief depicting a female head encircled by vegetal motifs. A guttus is a vessel, with a narrow mouth or neck, from which the liquid was poured in drops, typically during sacrifices. Excellent condition.

Size: L:85mm / W:140mm ; 100g

Provenance: From the private collection of C.S; formerly in a British collection formed in the 1980s on the UK / International art markets.

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