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Object Description
Title/Object Name
c. 550 BCE
6th century BCE
Artist & Title Notes
Unidentified artist, possibly East Greek, updated to Corinthian
Middle Corinthian & (oil jar) removed from title
Diameter, 2 1/2 In, 6.3500 Cm
Height, 2 1/2 In, 6.3500 Cm
Terracotta vessel with rounded base and a flat, slightly raised spout with small circular opening. Faded red design on exterior on one side, 2 buds and lotus.
Credit Line
Gift of Hazel E. Barnes and Doris J. Schwalbe, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
This vase is a round aryballos designed to hold oil or perfume. It has a flat, rounded disk rim, a short, narrow neck, and a circular body with a round base. It has a single handle attaching the rim to the body of the vase. This shape was popular in both Athenian and Corinthian productions. However, there are several features that allow for a positive identification as a Corinthian production. Athenian aryballoi were made with a pointed base rather than a rounded base and either two handles or no handle at all rather than a single handle. The buff colored clay is another indication that this aryballos is a Corinthian production since Corinthian clay is much more pale than the distinctive red-hued Athenian clay. The vase is decorated in red paint in a quatrefoil, four pedaled, bud and lotus pattern, though it is quite damaged. This motif has its roots in Assyrian decoration was quite common on aryablloi in the 6th century, allowing for the date to be securely placed circa 550 BCE. -Katherine Hickey
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