The decoration of this little vase includes two of the characteristic symbols of classical Athens--a bust of Athena, the patron goddess of the city, and a sprig of olive, Athena's gift to the city. It would be appropriate indeed for an oil flask to bear these two images.
Said to have been found in the vicinity of Athens
Before 1874, found in the vicinity Athens; briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1875. Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for the Year ending May 1, 1875. p. 70, New York.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1773, p. 131, no 1773, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.