Oil flask (aryballos)

Late Corinthian Period
about 575–550 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 464.


Height: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



The heavy body of Ajax is shown slumped over his sword, which he has imbedded in the ground, indicated by a groundline. His torso is shown frontally. Although the sword is shown outside his body, it should be interpreted as having penetrated him, and he is shown after his death as indicated by his limp arms and his hair falling forward.

Condition: Colors worn.


By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens Christman 1898.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund