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Corinthian Perfume Bottle (Aryballos)

Small vessels such as this would have been used to store perfumes, oils, and cosmetics, and, although they were made for a practical use, they would also have projected the wealth and status of their owners if beautifully decorated. This engaging ceramic example was decorated in the Corinthian style and presents a wide band of runners, and a smaller band of running dogs beneath it. Added red slip is used extensively and provides a bright contrast to both the black figures and the buff clay.

Greek, made in Corinth
Corinthian Perfume Bottle (Aryballos)
Archaic period, ca. 625–600 BC
Terracotta, added color
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm), diam. (of body) 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 77.30.4