Sella Cacatoria: A Study of the Potty in Archaic and Classical Athens

by Kathleen M. Lynch and John K. Papadopoulos

Hesperia, Volume 75, Issue 1
Page(s): 1-32
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25067974
Year: 2006


This article provides a detailed publication of an early black-figure infant/child seat, or potty, found in the Athenian Agora, including a series of brilliant watercolors by Piet de Jong. Later red-figure representations show such vessels in use. The potty is attributed to the Gorgon Painter, and the chronological range of such vessels is reviewed by gathering earlier and later examples of the form, both those preserved in the archaeological record and those known through iconography. Finally, the authors suggest that the term λάσανον was used in antiquity to refer to such highchairs-cum-chamber pots.