Faience aryballos (oil flask) in the form of a hedgehog
6th century B.C.
H. as restored 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Gift of Albert Gallatin, 1929
Not on view
Hedgehogs are among the most common forms of faience oil flasks. The center of production of these vases has traditionally been identified as Naucratis, a Greek trading colony on the Nile Delta, in Egypt.
Alexander, Christine. 1929. "Miscellaneous Accessions in the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(8): p. 203, fig. 5.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 43, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.