vvessel - A hollow container, such as a cup, bowl, or vase, for holding something. Its parts include its foot or base, its walls and opening, its rim or lip, and sometimes: shoulders, neck, lid, handle, etc.

Among the types of vessels produced by the potters of ancient Greece are the alabastron, amphora, hydria, pelike, kantharos, krater, kyathos, kylix, lekythos, oinochoe, pelike, phiale, pinax, pithos, pyxis, and rhyton.






see thumbnail to leftRussia, North Caucasus, Maikop Burial Mound, Vessel Decorated with Animals and a 'Landscape', middle of the 3rd millennium BCE, silver, height 9.6 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.



Levant, Jericho, Small Vessel with Banded Neck Decoration (from Tomb J42), c. 1800-1550 BCE, gypsum, 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches (7.8 x 6 cm), Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory U, Atlanta, GA.



Eastern Mediterranean, late sixth-fifth centuries BCE, Trefoil Juglet, glass, core-formed, 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches (10 x 6.3 cm), Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory U, Atlanta, GA.



Greece, Athens, attributed to Douris, 500-490 BCE, Atalanta Lekythos, painted white-ground terra cotta, height 31.8 cm, Cleveland Museum of Art. See lekythos.




see thumbnail to leftIran, Nishapur or Turkestan, 10th century, Bowl, earthenware, underglaze slip-painted, 2 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (6.99 x 19.69 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.



Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste-Nicoya, Pataky, Vessel in the Form of a Jaguar, Pataky Variety, Period VI, 1000 - 1550, polychrome ceramic, diameter 12 1/16 x 8 7/8 inches (30.2 x 22.2 cm), Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory U, Atlanta, GA. See Pre-Columbian art.




see thumbnail to rightJapan, Kamakura period, 13th-14th century, Storage Jar, Tokoname ware, stoneware with ash glaze, 15 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches (diameter) (39.4 x 47.6 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See Japanese art.





see thumbnail to leftItaly, Venice, Murano, Ewer, c. 1500, free-blown, enameled, and gilded blue glass, height 10 inches (25.4 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.



see thumbnail to rightAttributed to India, Mughal dynasty, Mango-shaped flask, mid-17th century, rock crystal set with gold, enamel, rubies, and emeralds, height 2 1/2 inches (6.5 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.


Thomire (French manufacturer of ornamental bronzes), The Demidoff Vase, 1819, malachite and gilt bronze, height 67 1/2 inches (171.5 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. This malachite, mined on lands belonging to the Demidoff family in Russia, was cut into small, thin pieces, and then joined together as a veneer. Prince Nicholas Demidoff commissioned Thomire to produce this monumental vase to furnish his Florentine palazzo and to advertise his family's wealth. See Empire style and furniture.



see thumbnail to rightJose Antonio Rios (Peruvian, contemporary) and his family, "Colonial Garlands" Jewelry Box, 2003, tooled leather on plywood, velour lining, height 3.0 inches, diameter 6.3 inches, weight 0.4 lbs. A member of the Rios Family has tooled the leather with hammer and chisel, replicating foliate patterns of vines and garlands, reminiscent of Peru's colonial epoch. Jose Antonio Rios said, "For us, embossing leather is a family tradition. My father inherited it from his father, and handed it down to us."



Also see aquamanile, basket, bronze, canopic jar, ceramic, earthenware, ewer, function, glass, ikebana, mortar, pottery, silver, stoneware, and vase.







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