Oil flask (aryballos) in the form of a ram's head

Greek, East Greek
Archaic Period
about 600–580 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Rhodes?


5.5 x 8 cm (2 3/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

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On View

Evanthea and Leo Condakes Gallery (Gallery 113A)


The Ancient World



In form of a ram’s head. Brown glaze for neck, curling horns, eyes (with added white) and cheek-line. Muzzle and horns have incised details. Lip of spout partly restored. Tips of both horns and ears broken and missing.


By 1967: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction, Kunstwerke der Antike, Auktion 34, 6 May 1967, lot 108); 1967: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III, February 11, 1970 (loan number 36.1970); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

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Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule