Seller: eclecticmuseum (1,414) 100%, Location: Ontario, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183069227641 An Ancient Greek Corinthian Perfume Flask Aryballos 600 BC An Ancient Greek Corinthian Perfume Flask Aryballos circa 600 BC Click images to enlarge Description An ancient Greek Corinthian perfume flask, aryballos, Archaic Period (Middle Corinthian) circa 620 BC-570 BC. This wonderful little aryballos is beautifully balanced, with a globular body sitting on a round base, the short neck rises to a collared rim decorated with a swirling ochre pattern. A small strap handle connects the rim to the shoulder; the body is decorated with a Quatrefoil design of lotus-buds. The cream-colored clay is typically Corinthian, and the added paint is black and purple. The flower is painted upside-down, reaching towards the base. The aryballos was an ancient container used for storing oil and precious perfumes. These small flasks contained scented oils and were commonly used by ancient Greek athletes. They can often be seen in ancient Greek art, where they are sometimes shown hanging from pegs on a wall, or suspended from straps tied around the athlete's wrist. Related aryballos with similar lotus decorations are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and in The Harvard Art Museums and The British Museum. CONDITION: Broken and mended with its original pieces. An old collection label remains tied with a string to the neck. DIMENSIONS: Height: 9.3 cm (3.66 inches). Item number: G171 Payment PayPal Shipping Condition: Broken and mended with its original pieces. An old collection label remains tied with a string to the neck., Material: Pottery, Provenance: Acquired in a Toronto Canada estate sale.