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Oil flask (aryballos) with Odysseus confronted by Sirens

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Odysseus, tied to the mast of the ship, sails by the island of the Sirens. The heads of his crew are visible as they row past. Three sirens are shown atop a rocky cliff. Two huge birds hover above the ship, menacing the sailors. A large building is visible behind the boat.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Munich.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Corinthian Period, about 575–550 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Corinth, Corinthia, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 467.


Height: 10.2 cm (4 in.); diameter: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World