Oil flask (aryballos)

Orientalizing Period, Middle Protocorinthian IA
690–675 B.C.
The Ajax Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 398.


Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.); diameter: 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The aryballos is decorated around the shoulder with lion and goats. Principal design: centaur of early type and Zeus wrestle over a scepter between them; a young male (Kronos?) runs in the opposite direction with a sword. Between this figure and the centaur at the back is a pedestal surmounted by a cauldron with two eagles or falcons. The same type, but larger, of bird appear on either side.


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