Chytra: miniature cooking pot
Overall: 10.5 x 7 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Plain Ware
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
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.
By date unknown: Benjamin W. Crowninshield Collection; gift of Benjamin W. Crowninshield to MFA, November 3, 1881
Gift of Benjamin W. Crowninshield