Bowdoin 1923.30RED-FIGURE ASKOS (SHAPE I)
Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1923.30)
Height: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm.); Diameter: 3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm.)
Broken and repaired; missing some pieces.
On one side Eros flies to the left with a tendril in his left hand and a flower in his right. Inscribed beneath him, [επιγ-ρουγη]Ο ΠΑΙΣ (the boy). On the other side a second Eros flies to the right, arms extended in greeting. Inscribed beneath him, ΚΑΛΟΣ (beautiful). Dilute glaze: secondary inner markings. Red: one wreath and the flower. White: one wreath, the tendril, and the inscription.
Attributed to Makron [Beazley] ca. 490 - 480 B. C. The Bowdoin askos is the earliest known red-figure askos; the shape is not yet canonical but is an early form of shape I (Beazley, "An Askos by Macron," AJA 25  326). The function of askoi is not known. It has been suggested that they contained oil, but it is also likely that they contained vinegar and were used together with lekythoi as oil and vinegar containers on the table (D. von Bothmer, orally).