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Feeding bottle in the shape of a swan, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE

Containers used to nurse infants are among the most ancient containers found by archaeologists. This earthenware bottle fed milk or water to babies and infants. The swan is a Greek and Roman symbol for love. Zeus changed into a swan to seduce a queen he was in love with.

Object number:

A660339

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Glossary: feeding

To provide with food or nourishment

Glossary: feeding bottle

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Glossary: earthenware

Pottery made of clay which is fired at a relatively low temperature. Earthenware is often semi-porous, meaning some liquid or air can pass through it. This can be altered by treating the pottery with a glaze.