Aryballos card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Aryballos

56.19.60

Currently not on display

Information

Proto-Corinthian aryballos (perfumed oil flask) of the piriform pointed end shape, with a short and thin neck, flat disc shaped rim and a handle from the shoulder to the rim. The main decoration is of overlapping scales ('scale aryballos'), a pattern that appeared in the Late Proto-Corinthian phase ( 650-630 BC ) and became common in piriform shaped aryballoi. The influence of this motif is from Oriental type metalwork. Same pattern is found on 56.19.55. Vertical petal shapes decorate the lower part and the shoulder of the aryballos and thick circular bands frame the main frieze of the overlapping scales. Probably of the late Proto-Corinthian period.