This terracotta conical 'RITO' pot is from a design which dates back to the Late Minoan period (1600 BC). It was originally used to store wine and the wine sediment would collect at the bottom. It is used today still for holding water (a great cooling agent or humidifier), or oil or wine, or just for decoration inside or out! The potter’s skill would be judged on how precision perfect and smooth the cone shape would be. These pieces were always signed by the potter on the inside lip with a hand or finger print and following such a noble tradition, our potter proudly does the same. Smaller sizes were used as wine cups. Original pieces, found in Gournia, Crete, are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Our Rito pots are supplied with their own metal work stand included in the price. They can be used indoors or outdoors for decoration; or as a flower piece, umbrella stand, or as a base for glass table top (see 3rd image).
NB THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE POTS DO NOT INCLUDE THE METAL STAND; PLEASE ADD APPROX 20CM FOR THE SMALL POT, 30CM FOR THE MEDIUM, AND 40 FOR THE LARGE ONE