Roman red terracotta lagynos, 0-100 A.D.

A lagynos is a vessel that emerged in the Hellenistic period and is shaped like a carafe, with a belly body and a conical base, an elongated neck and a high vertical handle. Its main function was to contain wine or other liquids such as water. Depending on its use, there were more or less decorated examples. This lagynos is made of red terracotta without any decoration, so it could have been used to transport wine as more decorated lagynos were used for table service.


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