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Faience aryballos (oil flask) in the form of a hedgehog

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
East Greek
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. as restored 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Faience
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert Gallatin, 1929
Accession Number:
29.62
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.

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