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Terracotta aryballos in the form of an eagle's head

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. late 7th –early 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Rhodian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Length: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, in memory of Sleiman and Souad Aboutaam, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.267
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Though known from all parts of Greece, their production is particularly associated with Rhodes and eastern Greece. They served as containers for scented oil, and perhaps also for medicinal preparations. This aryballos in the form of an eagle's head is rare, as only about a dozen examples are known.
Christie's, New York. 2006. Sales Catalogue. July 2006. lot 70, p. 57.

Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 2007. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2006-2007." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 65(2): p. 7.

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