Strainer for filtering wine

Early Hellenistic Period
about 300 B.C.


height x width-4.4 x 19.7 cm (1 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver with gold leaf

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



A strainer with duck-head handles. Hemispherical perforated bowl with flat rim from which two handles curve out and end in vertical duck heads. Concentric circles on the edges of the rim frame a gilded band engraved with ivy tendrills. On the flat base of the handles are engraved, gilded acanthus leaves. Inside the bowl, a maeander wave pattern and a central rosette.

Rim mended in several places; small pieces of bowl missing.


By 1995: with Christie's, 8 King Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6QT, England (Christie's auction, July 5, 1995, lot 179); purchased on behalf of MFA by River Associates Inc., 15 Gray Gardens West, Cambridge, MA 02138; purchased by MFA from River Associates Inc., September 20, 1995

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund