Aryballos (Container for Oil)

A work made of terracotta.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

625/600 BC

Artist:

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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Aryballos (Container for Oil)

Origin

Greece

Date

625 BC–600 BC

Medium

terracotta

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wardwell

Reference Number

1967.715

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