Oil flask (aryballos)

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
6th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Tuscany or Lazio


Height: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Italo-Corinthian style

Not On View


The Ancient World



Two heraldic roosters enclose long-beaked bird with wings spread out on either side. Two smaller birds above its wings. Another perches on tail-feathers of left-hand rooster. Red overpaint for combs and wing feathers.


By 1965: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (probably from Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia, Pa.); loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III, November 12, 1965 (loan number 218.65); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule