Late Corinthian Round Aryballos (Oil Bottle)
ca. 550 BCE
6th century BCE
5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
The vase bears a decorative four-leaf design known as a quatrefoil. The floral design, of Near Eastern origin, invokes the smell of the aromatic oil or perfume in the container. Note the floral decoration on the rim as well. Vessels containing perfumed oil like this were traded throughout the Mediterranean.