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A high-shouldered, wide mouthed pot with a spreading lip on a short neck. Handles are set horizontally on the shoulder.

History: That vessels of this shape were used for the purpose of both holding (storing) and serving wine is attested to in literature and on vase painting. The shape appears mainly in red-figure, though there are black-figure examples, establishing itself in Attic pottery during the last quarter of the sixth century throughout the fifth century B.C. and in Etruscan pottery throughout the fourth century B.C. The shape grows taller and thinner with time. It ranges from twelve to fifteen inches in height.

Term: The evidence for applying the Greek name "stamnos" to vessels of this shape is insufficient. Its use suggests that the name stamnos to be another name for a large amphora.

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