A Greek, Corinthian Aryballos. Clay light brown, body flattened sphere, short neck, flat lip and strap handle.
Decorated with an abstracted lotus blossom.
Size: 7,3 x 7 cm
Period: c. 550 - 600 B.C.
Provenance: Christie's USA 1981
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It was in the late 8th and 7th centuries BC, before the pottery from classical Athens became popular, that oil bottles were first widely traded throughout the Mediterranean. These little pottery vases, decorated with animals, both real and mythical, were specialities of the city of Corinth, the major producer of Greek decorated pottery at that time. The most common shapes were the aryballos and the alabastron, the latter named after the alabaster used to make Egyptian vases of this shape. The tiny necks allowed limited contact with the air, so the perfumed oil would not deteriorate quickly.