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GUTTUS (λήκυθος), a vessel with a narrow mouth or neck, from which liquids were poured in drops; hence its name.

Gutti. (British Museum.)

Qui vinum dabant ut minutatim funderent, a guttis guttum appellarunt” (Varr. L. L. 5.124 M.). Varro goes on to say that for pouring out wine at the banquet it had been superseded by the epichysis and cyathus; but retained its place in sacrificial libations, especially of the domestic sort (Hor. Sat. 1.6, 118, with Orelli's note; Plin. Nat. 16.185). The guttus was of the plainest shape and materials; it differed from the CAPIS (also used in sacrifices), EPICHYSIS and URCEUS in being without. a handle; and was, usually of coarse pottery, as in the specimens here figured from the British Museum, though one of beech-wood is mentioned (faginus, Plin. l.c.). It was in common use as an oil-cruet, whether at table (Gel. 17.8.5), or at the bath (Juv. 3.263, 11.158; cf. BALNEAE p. 279 a, where a guttus and a strigil are engraved together). Oil was also kept in. large horns (Hor. Sat. 2.2, 61; Mart. 14.52); in the latter passage the lemma has, perhaps improperly, guttus corneus. (Marquardt, Privatl. 630.)

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    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 17.8.5
    • Martial, Epigrammata, 14.52
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