Terracotta aryballos in the form of a helmeted head

East Greek

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

A helmeted warrior’s head makes up the body of this small mold-made terracotta aryballos, likely used to hold perfumed oil. The painted and incised surface is very well preserved, including a prominent gorgoneion on the metopon of the Ionian helmet. The warrior’s wide eyes and dark beard are visible through the gaps in the helmet.

Terracotta aryballos in the form of a helmeted head, Terracotta, East Greek

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