Perfume vase (aryballos)

Greek
Middle Protocorinthian Period
about 675–650 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 396.

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.) Diameter: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.13

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Ovoid body, wide flat lip, strap handle, small foot. Decoration in dull black with incised details: spiral hooks on lip, lotus and spiral pattern on shoulder. On front of body two sphinxes facing one another; on back of body two antelopes. On lower body a frieze of running dogs; rays on foot.

Principal design: (A) two sphinxes, facing one another, (B), two antelopes. Figures considerably effaced. Below a band of running dogs.

Provenance

Purchased by Edward Perry Warren in 1894 (according to Warren's records: came 'straight from Corinth') [Warren goes on to note that where it was excavated was not stated]; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund