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Aryballos (Cointainer 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:

625/600 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 (700–480BC). Producers exported scented oil around the Mediterranean in terra-cotta containers, such as this aryballos, that survive today in the thousands.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Aryballos (Cointainer for Oil)

Origin

Ancient Greece

Date

625 BC–600 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edwin Brand

Reference Number

1956.1244

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