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Aryballos (Container for Oil)

A work made of terracotta.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta.


625-600 BCE


Etrusco-Corinthian; Etruria, Italy

About this artwork

Situated at the crossroads of Mediterranean trade routes, the Etruscans were avid importers of Greek vases with figural decoration. Many of these vessels survive today because they were buried with their Etruscan owners, and were discovered in tombs only during the last several centuries. This piece was made by a local artist who quickly adopted the decorative motifs and painted styles of imported wares and adapted them to local tastes in order to capture some of the market.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Aryballos (Container for Oil)


Greece (Object made in)

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625 BCE–600 BCE




9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.) × 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.) × 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wardwell

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