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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.286
Title
Aryballos (oil flask): Griffin, Lion, and Sphinxes; Dogs Hunting Hare
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
670-630 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Corinth (Corinthia)
Period
Orientalizing period
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/99041
Location
Level 3, Room 3400, Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art, Ancient Greece in Black and Orange
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Black-figure
Dimensions
7.3 x 3.9 cm (2 7/8 x 1 9/16 in.)
mouth: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)
Provenance
Herbert A. and Tilly Cahn collection, Basel, (by 2002), sold; [through Jean-David Cahn AG, Basel, Octobert 18, 2002, Auction 3, no. 9], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, David M. Robinson Fund
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.286
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small piriform or pointed aryballos. Narrow ring base. From base, body flares outward and rounds out to form a sloping shoulder. Relatively long neck with broad collar. Small mouth at center. Wide, rectangular handle extends from collar to middle of shoulder.

Decoration divided into four registers: a continuous lotus and palmette scroll decorates the shoulder; on body, various creatures (lions, griffin, sphinxes) face each other with with an intervening dot rosette; a register of elongated hounds is below this; and triangular rays extend from the base. Registers are separated from each other by a double line. Exterior of handle with checkerboard pattern. Rays radiate from mouth a to edge of collar. Dots along rim of collar and handle. Dot rosette on front of neck.

Buff fabric with decorative details in dark brown slip. Some flaking of slip.
Exhibition History

Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011

32Q: 3400 Greek, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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