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Terracotta aryballos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter
ca. 550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) diameter 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
On the handle, Dionysos and two revelers
Upper frieze, horse tamer between onlookers and two wrestlers
Lower frieze, animal combats between onlookers

The aryballos is connected with the gymnasium and the palaistra (exercise ground). After exercising, men used oil to clean and care for their skin. The subjects here refer to major interests of young Athenians—horses, athletics, and symposia (drinking party).
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