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Terracotta aryballos in the form of a helmeted head

ca. 600–575 B.C.
East Greek
H. 7.01 cm.
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
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.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 81, Gallatin pl. 33.4, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 190, pl. 30e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Ducat, Jean. 1966. Les Vases plastiques rhodiens archaïques en terre cuite. pp. 7 n. 1, 51, pl. I, 1, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Pinney, Gloria Ferrari and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1979. Aspects of Ancient Greece no. 64, pp. 134–35, Allentown, Penn.: Allentown Art Museum.

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