Perfume vase (aryballos)

Middle Protocorinthian Period
about 675–650 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 396.


Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.) Diameter: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Ovoid body, wide flat lip, strap handle, small foot. Decoration in dull black with incised details: spiral hooks on lip, lotus and spiral pattern on shoulder. On front of body two sphinxes facing one another; on back of body two antelopes. On lower body a frieze of running dogs; rays on foot.

Principal design: (A) two sphinxes, facing one another, (B), two antelopes. Figures considerably effaced. Below a band of running dogs.


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