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

199 BCE-500 CE in Roman Empire

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Earthenware feedingt bottle in the form of a Swan, Roman. Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.
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Earthenware feeding bottle in the form of a Swan, Roman

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.


Classical & Medieval Medicine
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feeding bottle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • infant feeder

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