Aryballos

49.50.3

About this object

This is an aryballos or 'oil flask', decorated in the Corinthian style using the black figure technique, with detail in added red.

The decoration is of a narrative scene. A man inscribed as AITHON plays a lyre and another one named ASTYKOTAS stands facing him. The name PHORBOS is over the bowl. On the other side one man on a horse with the name HIPPOMACHIDAS across the horse, to his back there is another man and the name KASTOR. The round base of the aryballos has a crescent rosette with eight petals, alternatively painted red and brown. A simplified maeander border is along edge of rim and the handle. On the top of the rim there is an eleven-petalled rosette. There is also a cross-hatching design at the top of handle and a triple guilloche on the back of handle, with incised central dots.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Corinthian
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Greece: Corinth
  • Date made
    6th Century BC
  • Materials
    Pottery
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Weston Discovery Centre
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From C. T. Seltman
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    72 mm; 2 13/16 in
  • Note
    Bought by C.T. Seltman, Athens market. Purchased by Liverpool Museum for £60.
  • Related people
    Charles Seltman (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Charles Seltman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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