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Case 2: The Greek world 900–500 BC

Perfume bottles

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Oil Containers (aryballoi) from Corinth

The aryballos is the most common vase-type that survives from Corinth, probably because it is small with relatively thick, strong walls. The earliest versions are decorated with patterns, scales, or with designs of dogs chasing hares.

Production place: Corinth
Date: around  690–650 BC
Fired Clay, black-figure technique
Given by Lamb, Winifred

Object Number: GR.1.1929

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Figure vases for perfumed oil: ram's head

The perfume was poured out of a hole in the top of the heads of the figures. They were made in moulds and many of them have holes in the head or neck for suspension.

Production place: East Greece
Date: around  625–550 BC
Find spot: Melos
Fired Clay
Given by Gardner, E.A.

Object Number: GR.39.1896

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