Monkey-Shaped Aryballos (Oil Vessel)

c. 580 BCE
Diameter of mouth: 2 cm (13/16 in.); Overall: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); Diameter of base: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Location: 102B Greek
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An aryballos is a small jar for scented oils and perfumes.


Perfume flasks in the form of a monkey are numerous, but few are as well made and preserved as this one. The flask was worn suspended from the wrist by a cord. Its owner would take it to the communal baths and anoint himself with its contents afterward. Such flasks have been found throughout the Mediterranean and Egypt, but this vessel was likely made at a Greek settlement on the west coast of Asia Minor.
Monkey-Shaped Aryballos (Oil Vessel)

Monkey-Shaped Aryballos (Oil Vessel)

c. 580 BCE

East Greek, probably Milesian

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