Corinthian Heroic AryballosCirca Early 6th Century BC
Description: Petite round "warrior" aryballos with buff slip and brown glaze in popular Corinthian style. There are four large stylized armed heroes in silhouette with large decorated round shields, heads projecting above and facing right with faces marked simply by incision. The two warriors on each end carry dark shields incised around the perimeter with two parallel decorative lines across the shield, while the two inner soldiers carry shields with central floral motifs accented with incision. Concentric brown bands enclose the scene. Dots fill the negative space between the warriors and borders. Shoulder is decorated with radials. Wide flat rim enhanced with concentric circles and a single band of dots on the lip.
Height: 2.25 in. (5.7 cm)
Condition: Intact with wear to paint and a few unobtrusive surface chips.
Provenance: Formerly in a private New Jersey, USA, collection. Collector's number in red on base: 1932.15A. Collector's tag affixed: 3040-4.
Reference: See Société Archéologique de Montpellier Catalogue des Collections: I. Céramique Corinthienne et Étrusco-Corinthienne (1974) by Annie-France Laurens, nos. 33-35 for similar examples.
Price: $ 975
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