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Transitional Corinthian Aryballos (Oil Flask)

640 BCE - 625 BCE

height excludes restoration
2 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (7.3 x 4.5 x 4.4 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.2964
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Aryballoi
Culture/Nationality: Corinthian
Collection: Agnes Newhall Stillwell Collection

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  • Archaic - Refers to the pottery style found in Persia around 6000 BCE. The style is characterized by fine, plain buff pottery tempered with straw that is sometimes decorated with simple red or orange painted designs.
  • aryballoi - Relatively small ancient Greek vessels with a globular body, a short neck, a flat disk-shaped mouth with a small orifice, and a handle (or sometimes two) extending from the shoulder to the rim; used for holding oils, perfumes, and ointments. They are usually made of terracotta. Uses of the aryballoi included in funeral rituals and by athletes who wore them on their wrists, suspended by thongs or strings.
  • Corinthian - Refers to a pottery style created in the city and region of Corinth in the Peloponnese in south-central Greece, and exported extensively in other parts of Greece, Italy, and Egypt, particularly in the second half of the seventh century BCE and the first half of the sixth century BCE. It is characterized by large vessels and bold decoration arranged in friezes covering most of the surface. Designs are in black-figure on a light terra-cotta background, with red, white, and incised additions. Motifs may have been inspired by Eastern textiles and typically include animals, monsters, or human figures, with ornaments such as dots, leaves, or rosettes scattered over the background.
  • incising - The process and technique of producing, forming, or tracing a pattern, text, or other usually linear motif by cutting, carving, or engraving.
  • vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."

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  • height excludes restoration Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (7.3 x 4.5 x 4.445 cm)

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  • Agnes Newhall Stillwell and Jack Leonard Benson. Corinth. (Princeton, NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1984), 337.

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