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Faience Aryballos (Oil Flask) Fragment

3000 BCE - 1st century CE

2 1/8 x 2 1/16 x 1/4 in. (5.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: F.101
Geography: Africa, Egypt
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Toilet Articles; Oil Flasks
Culture/Nationality: Egyptian

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  • 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.
  • Egyptian - Refers to the styles and culture that developed in antiquity in the Nile Valley in the area of modern-day Egypt and southwards. For the cultures and styles of the modern nation of Egypt, use "Egypt (modern)."
  • faience - Ancient objects made from a composite material consisting of a body of sintered quartz coupled with an alkaline glaze surface. Faience was used for decorating beads, amulets, figurines, and other small objects. Invented in Mesopotamia or Iran ca. 4500 BCE, the production of faience continued until the mid-7th century CE. It is distinguished from later European earthenware, which is known by the same name.

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