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INCITE´GA a corruption of the Greel ἀγγοθήκη or ἐγγυθήκη, a term used to denote a piece of domestic furniture, variously shaped, and made of silver, bronze, or wood; sometimes adorned with figures; and employed to hold amphorae, bottles, alabastra, or any other vessels which were round or pointed at the bottom, and therefore required a separate contrivance to keep them erect (Athen. 5.209 f--210 c; Festus, s. v. Incitega; Bekk. Anecd. p. 245; Wilkinson, Anc. Egyptians, ed. Birch, vol. ii. pp. 8, 9, 42). Some of those used at Alexandria were triangular (Ath. l.c.). We often see them represented in ancient Egyptian paintings. The annexed woodcut shows three ἀγγοθῆκαι, which are preserved in the British Museum. Those on the right and left hand are of wood, the one having

Incitegae. (British Museum.)

four feet, the other six; they were four in Egyptian tombs. The third is a broad earthenware ring, which is used to support a Grecian amphora.

Of the two Greek forms, ἐγγυθήκη is the best attested (Lys. ap. Ath. l.c. fr. 18 Bekk.=20 Scheibe), ἀγγοθήκη, from ἄγγος, a vessel, the most intelligible. The frequent employment in ancient times of vessels not made to stand is further illustrated by the cuts under ALABASTROTHECA, ALABASTRUM, AMPHORA, and CHYTROPUS

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