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An East Greek Faience Aryballos, ca. 7th - 6th century BC

EF1403

The softly rounded body of this small aryballos, manufactured from pale green faience, is incised with a crosshatch pattern, while the round base is plain as well as the shoulder, decorated with four black stylized flower petals.  The wide, flat handle is attached to the vessels shoulder and broad, flaring rim.  The handle, rim and short cylindrical neck are all of a contrasting deep blue faience.  

Background:   The art of working in faience was invented in Egypt, but during the Archaic period workshops were established at various places in the Greek world. In the seventh and sixth centuries BC the island of Rhodes was home to a flourishing faience industry. Characteristic products included aryballoi (perfume bottles) in a variety of shapes such as this example.

Reference: : Musée du Louvre. Département des antiquités égyptiennes & Vandier d'Abbadie, Jeanne (1972). Catalogue des objets de toilette égyptiens. Éditions des musées nationaux, Paris, p. 99 #383.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions: Height: 5.08 cm (2 inches), Width: 5.08 cm (2 inches) 

Provenance:  Private Texas collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent.


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