Antique Etruscan Enamelled Glass Duck Askos Decanter - German circa 1900

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Seller: ratgallery (6,259) 100%, Location: Southbourne, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 142535641634 Antique Etruscan Enamelled Glass Duck Decanter - German circa 1900 This is a rare Etruscan design glass askos / decanter in the form of a duck, German circa 1900.Designed after the 4th century BC original in the Louvre museum, Paris. Decorated with winged divinities - see black & white image.With engraved, enamelled & gilded decoration. The stopper is original. Probably designed by Prof. Max Rade for Fritz Heckert, Silesia.Following description provided by the Penn Museum;Vases in the form of animals or birds (askoi; askos, singular) have a remarkably long history in Western and Far Eastern art. In ancient Greece, decorated vases shaped as birds were produced as early as the Geometric period (9th-8th century B.C.), and in Italy during the Iron Age (10th-8th century B.C.) there are equally interesting examples of Villanovan fabrication. Much later, during the second half of the 4th century B.C., vases fashioned and decorated as ducks (duck-askoi’} enjoyed a special popularity in Etruria. In the latter part of this period, the duck-askos began to change drastically in its general shape and decoration, even though it maintained its primary func tional design and exclusive use.Duck AskoiAt the beginning of the sequence of Etrus can duck-askoi and their derivatives, the ‘bird-askoi,’ stand examples (Figs. 1, 2 and 3) believed to have been created at the north Etruscan site of present-day Chiusi, ancient Clusium. Within the broad spectrum of Etruscan red-figured vase painting, they are assigned to the ‘Clusium Group.’ These hand some vases are characterized by a full tapering body supported by a ring base which imparts a `swimming’ or ‘floating’ aspect to the ducks; a gracefully curved neck with a head that dis plays a well-rounded eye in relief; and a broad bill pierced by a small hole. From the duck’s back and set somewhat back from the tip of the tail, there rises a vertical spout with flaring rim. An arched strap handle joins this vertical filling spout to the duck-head pouring spout. To judge by the compact form of the vase and the small aperture at the bill for emission of its contents, such Etruscan duck-askoi must have served as perfume vases with which to dispense the finest of scented oils.In addition to a richly embellished pattern of stylized wing and body feathers, the painted decoration at each side of these duck-askoi of the Clusium Group frequently shows a Lasa, a winged female divinity and companion of Turan (Aphrodite), who generally carries an alabastron (perfume vase) and its dipstick, or a long fillet (Fig. 1); or, more rarely, the same theme in appliqué; or a profile head— more often female than male (Fig. 2). Some duck askoi bear no figural theme nor profile head.CONDITION the head has been broken & repaired - see imagesThe overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.DIMENSIONSLength 29cmPOSTAGE - see postage & payments tab for prices- I combine items for shipping wherever possible.- I charge only the actual cost of the postage & packaging materials, I do not charge a handling fee.- Items are packed defensively & extreme care is taken to ensure you receive goods in perfect condition.- Items will be sent to your Paypal registered address. Condition: head repaired

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