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Oil flask (aryballos) with a handle and a short chain

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Undecorated. There is a bronze collar around the neck to which a short chain (in the form of two rings and the hooked loop, broken and rejoined at the top) is attached on either side. Condition: A piece is missing from one side. The patina is green and somewhat crusty.


By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Rhousopoulos. 1898. From Boeotia.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 300–50 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 449; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World