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Greek and Roman

Aryballos in the Shape of a Hippalektryon

Faience , H 2 1/4

Aryballos in the Shape of a Hippalektryon

Greek, probably from Rhodes, 6th century B.C.

This small cosmetic container for oil or perfume is molded in the form of a mythical mixed being (horse-rooster) with foreparts of a horse and the body, legs, tail, and wings of a rooster. The art of working in faience was invented in Egypt and introduced to the Greek world. In the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. the island of Rhodes was home to a flourishing faience industry, producing perfume bottles (aryballoi) in various shapes, such as this fantastic animal.

Museum Purchase, Gift of the Elios Society Charitable Foundation through the Ancient Art Council

2010.15

All Items in This Collection

Aryballos in the Shape of a Hippalektryon

Aryballos in the Shape of a Hippalektryon

Black-Figure Amphora

Cycladic Figure

Cycladic Figure

Cycladic Figure

Fibula

Figurine of a Dancing Woman

Loop-Handled Cosmetic Tube

Perfume Vessel in the Shape of a Hippalektryon (Horse-Rooster)

Red-Figure Hydria

Red-Figure Pelike

Red-Figure Volute Krater

Season Sarcophagus

Statue of Asklepios

Statuette of a Reclining Banqueter

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