A pithos is a very large container whose shape clearly indicated that it was used for domestic storage. It probably had its place in one of the rooms of the house or in a corner of the courtyard and served to store liquids or dry substances. This large example features a rounded body that gradually tapers to a small flattened base, intended perhaps to be sunk into the floor. The incised decorative ring and dot pattern at the base of the neck was used to identify contents.
Dimensions: Height: 26 inches (66 cm), Width: 13 1/2 inches (34.29 cm)
Condition: reassembled from large fragments, the vessel is in good condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy private collection, acquired in the 1980's.