Perfume Jug

Greek, East Greek
Archaic Period
7th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Rhodes (probably)


7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

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On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



This mold-made aryballos (perfume jug) takes the form of a helmeted head. The helmet is executed in black with added red and white paint and incisions for decoration. The face is reserved with added white for the corneas and brown for the irises, eyebrows, and mustache. The helmet is of the Ionian variety, which is characterized by hinged cheek pieces (here made separately and attached to the mold), a semicircular frontispiece with decoration over the forehead (metopon), a raised ridge which follows the crown and terminates in a rectangular projection over the metopon, and the lack of any nose guard. The present aryballos belongs to the Gorgoneion class of plastic vases and was most likely produced in Rhodes.

Red and white decoration quite fragmentary. Break on the proper left side of the nape guard.


By 1937: with C. T. Seltman, Queens' College, Cambridge, England; purchased by MFA from C. T. Seltman, August 12, 1937, for $ 375.00

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund