Chytra: miniature cooking pot

Greek
Classical Period
400–320 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 10.5 x 7 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

81.175

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Plain Ware

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This miniature cooking pot is a representation of a typical, larger one that was used within the Greek household for gastronomic purposes.

The use of the cooking pot varied from one food type to another. The smaller cooking pots were normally accommodated on stands, opened on one side to allow wood to be added in order to heat the pot from below.

Its history can be traced back to early Helladic times with little change in the essential shape, its simplicity and usefulness ensuring a long life.

Undecorated.

Provenance

By date unknown: Benjamin W. Crowninshield Collection; gift of Benjamin W. Crowninshield to MFA, November 3, 1881

Credit Line

Gift of Benjamin W. Crowninshield