Pottery (4) – Perfume flasks (Pithekoussai and Corinth, 700-690 BCE)

Miko Flohr, 10/09/2020

Two so-called ‘aryballoi’, which were used to store perfumed oil. Both date to the early seventh century BCE, but the slightly larger one on the left was made in Italy, on the island of Ischia, at Pithekoussai, while the smaller one on the right comes from Corinth and prefigures a way of decorating that would become quite prominent here later in the same century.

London, British Museum, 1969,1215.1 and 1950,0124.2.