This class of vessel is characterised by the very narrow, tubular spout set to one side, and by the comparatively covered upper surface. They are so called because a number of these vessels have particular wear to the end of the spout and show signs of tooth marks. It is therefore generally accepted that they were used to feed infants, though a few scholars have argued that they were also used to feed adults who were infirm. Alternative uses have been suggested, perhaps the most plausible being that they were used for filling oil lamps. Either way, the term ‘feeder’ or ‘feeder flask’ has stuck.
Charles Ede Ltd, London, UK; acquired 4th September 1973, a note states 'reputedly from Chiusi'
Conrad Ascher, Hertfordshire, UK; acquired from the above 9th April 1974
Private collection, UK; by descent from the above
LiteratureCompareJ.W. Hayes, Greek and Italian Black-Gloss Wares and Related Related Wares in the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, 1984), no.44
Also see C.W. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Pays-Bas - Fasicule 2, Musée Scheurleer - Fasicule 2 (Paris, 1931) IIIL, Style attique à couverte noire, Pl.3, no.7