Oil flask (aryballos) with Odysseus confronted by Sirens

Greek
Late Corinthian Period
about 575–550 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 467.

Dimensions

Height: 10.2 cm (4 in.); diameter: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in)

Accession Number

01.8100

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Munich.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund