Oil flask (aryballos) with Odysseus confronted by Sirens
Late Corinthian Period
about 575–550 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth
Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 467.
Height: 10.2 cm (4 in.); diameter: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
Odysseus, tied to the mast of the ship, sails by the island of the Sirens. The heads of his crew are visible as they row past. Three sirens are shown atop a rocky cliff. Two huge birds hover above the ship, menacing the sailors. A large building is visible behind the boat.
By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Munich.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund