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Aryballos (Cointainer for Oil)

A work made of terracotta, black-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure.


625-600 BCE


Greek; Corinth

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Located on the narrow isthmus that joins the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese, with natural harbors facing east and west, Corinth was the major port of trade in Greece for most of the Archaic period (700–480BC). Producers exported scented oil around the Mediterranean in terra-cotta containers, such as this aryballos, that survive today in the thousands.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Aryballos (Cointainer for Oil)


Ancient Greece (Object made in)

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625 BCE–600 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


7 × 6.4 × 6.4 cm (2 3/4 × 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Edwin Brand

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