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Protocorinthian (Early Black-Figure) Aryballos (Oil Flask): Animals

Protocorinthian (Early Black-Figure) Aryballos (Oil Flask): Animals

c. 650–640 BCE
Location: 102B Greek

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Artists may have used a compass-like tool to create the intricate scale patterns.


Tongues encircle the rim, shoulder, and base of this small oil vessel, while two carefully incised bands of scales frame an animal frieze. Here, amid dot rosettes, are a bull, dog, and goat, all facing right, and a left-facing lion with head turned back. The black glaze has misfired red in many places, while added red enlivens numerous tongues, scales, and internal details.
  • 1915
    Through Harold Woodbury Parsons, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Beazley Archive. n.d. Beazley Archive Pottery Database. Oxford: Beazley Archive. BAPD 1001464
    R. H. "Recent Accessions of Greek Pottery." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 10, no. 10 (1923): 178-91.
    Benson, J. L. "Some Notes on Corinthian Vase-Painters." American Journal of Archaeology 60, no. 3 (1956). p. 221, Pl.69, Figs. 7-8
    Boulter, C. G., Jenifer Neils, and Gisela Walberg. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1971. p. 4, plate 3, 2-5
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