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Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique.

Date:

600-575 BCE

Artist:

Greek; Corinth

About this artwork

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

Origin

Corinth

Date

600 BCE–575 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique

Dimensions

H. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); diam. 8.4 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1892.124

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