Seller: sf-fineart (2,873) 100%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, Item: 390489503892 ANCIENT HELLENISTIC TERRACOTTA ASKOS IN THE FORM OF A ROOSTER, circa 3rd Century B.C. Click to View Image Album This is a magnificent original ANCIENT HELLENISTIC TERRACOTTA ASKOS IN THE FORM OF A ROOSTER, circa 3rd Century B.C. This rare and unusual askos (flask with a spout) is in the form of a rooster with detailed incised lines and traces of original red and gray pigments. It is of hollow form with an opening at the top of the back and a spout at the beak. Askoi shaped like animals were commonly used as lamp fillers; the oil was introduced into the askos via the small inlet on the top, and was then poured out through a tiny hole at the beak into the lamp in a smooth and controlled stream. Although Magenta ware is believed to have been made across the Graeco-Roman world, the prevalence with which animal shaped askoi have been found in Italy suggests an Italic origin for this piece as well. It measures 6” long, 4 ¾” high and is in good original ancient intact condition aside from a few minor chips due to age and wear. PROVENANCE: Bel Air, California Estate. Authenticity is GUARANTEED. Please scroll down on the item description to view additional photographs. Shipping is $15.00 within the US only, please email for international shipping rates. Payment is due within 4 days. Please view my other auctions and eBay store for additional museum quality fine art and collectibles. Shipping & Handling $15.00 USPS Priority Mail® Click to View Image Album Click to View Image Album FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Get Vendio Sales Manager. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Get Vendio Sales Manager. Over 100,000,000 served. Get FREE counters from Vendio today!