London, South Kensington
20 October 1999
A CANOSAN ASKOS WITH SCYLLA
3RD CENTURY B.C.
The broad tapering body with wide spout, surmounted by a figure of Scylla with undulating sea serpent's body and two hounds projecting from the front, decorated in white slip with the outline of a dolphin in black on each side of the vessel with traces of pink palmettes, scrolling tendrils and rosettes in the field, a large palmette at the rear, on integral rectangular foot, some chips
11.1/8 in. (28.3 cm.) high; 10 in. (26.7 cm.) long
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Sold Sotheby's, London, 13 July 1987, lot 297.
In Greek mythology Scylla was loved by Poseidon. In jealousy her rival, Amphitrite, turned Scylla into a monster which seized and devoured sailors who strayed near its cave in the Straits of Messina.
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