Ethmos

Description
This jar was used for straining wine in Ancient Greece. The spout has four holes in it through which the wine was poured, and the small handles on the top helped the vessel to be tipped up.
It was bought from Harold Clemens, an enthusiastic collector of curios, who having been an avid reader of the Bazaar, Exchange and Mart magazine, decided to set up his own ‘Fir Tree hotel Museum of Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities’, in his public-house and bed and breakfast establishment at Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire. He set himself up as ‘Curator’ and advertised curios and other items from his ’small museum’ in the aforementioned journal. His timing was good, Tutankhamun’s tomb had recently been discovered, and there was great interest in the occult, spiritualism and all things ancient. His endeavour was therefore of great interest. Unfortunately some of his ‘antiquities’ were anything but.
It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague, who collected over 800 specimens, which he bequeathed to the museum upon his death.
Accession Loan No.
5/1946/646
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
ethmos
Simple Name
vessel
Full Name
wine strainer, ethmos
Dimensions
whole height 50 mm; whole diameter 242 mm
Cultural Group
Greek
Period Classification
Classical - 500-336 BC
Production Date
-350
Production Town
Apulia?
Production Country
Italy
Family Group

Material
pottery; Red figure ware
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel

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