Lagynos (wine pitcher with tall, narrow neck)

Greek, East Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
about 150–70 B.C.


Height: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.); diameter: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



White slip. Decorated with a wreath coarsely drawn in orange-brown. Asia Minor.
Label text:
Ceramic with brown slip over a white ground
Lagynoi were especially associated with festive banquets like the “Lagynophoroi,” a feast for the poor sponsored by the kings of Egypt. The same container could be used for bringing wine to the feast without spilling and for serving at a table in a decorous manner.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Athens from Rhousopoulos and said to have come there); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund