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


Previous owners

  • Charles Seltman

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