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Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

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

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure.


600-575 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 (700–480 BCE). Producers exported scented oil around the Mediterranean in terracotta containers like this one known as an amphoriskos, literally a “little amphora,” that survive today in the thousands.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)


Corinth (Object made in)

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600 BCE–575 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


16.5 × 8.4 cm (6 1/2 × 3 1/4 in.); Diam.: 8.4 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

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