Hellenistic Lagynos (Wine Jug)Hellenistic
ca. 3rd century BCE - 2nd century BCE
6 11/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 5/16 in. (17 x 16.1 x 16 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
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- Hellenistic - Refers to the ancient Greek period, culture, and art of ancient Greece that lasted from about 330 BCE to 31 BCE, when Augustus defeated Cleopatra and Mark Antony. It is characterized by an international culture that was ushered in by Alexander the Great's conquest of India, Egypt, and the Near East. In architecture and art, the style is marked by greater sophistication, complexity, and diversity than was known in earlier Greek styles. Architecture diverges from strict rules of earlier periods. Sculptors emphasized more realistic figures in a greater variety of poses than in earlier Greek art.
- lagynos - An ancient Greek and Roman vessel type often used to pour wine; it was particularly popular in the Hellenistic period. It features a narrow neck, swelling body, broad shoulder, long neck, and horizontal handle. The lagynos form originates in eastern Greece. At least two places where it was manufactured in the Mediterranean are known.
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