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The base of an epinetron from Athens

The epinetron (Greek: ἐπίνητρον, plural: epinetra, ἐπίνητρα); Beazley also called them onoi, singular: onos) was an Attic female pottery object, not a vessel.[1] It was worn on the thigh by Attic women whilst weaving to prevent grease from the wool from spoiling their clothes.[2] More ornamental epinetrons were placed on the graves of unmarried girls, or dedicated at temples, usually to the goddess Athena.

It was often presented as a wedding gift. Its decoration varied from scenes of women working carding wool, to symposia or Amazons.


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