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Vase in the form of a siren

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Perfumed oil flask in the form of a female-headed bird, or siren. The body is spotted in brown, with brown on the tail, feet, and hair, which has added red. There is a hole on either side of the neck through the hair for suspension. Condition: Hole in top of head. The right rear foot is missing.


By 1965: with Tassos Zoumboulakis, Geneva, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Tassos Zoumboulakis, May 12, 1965

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Greek, Middle to Late Corinthian Period, about 575 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Corinth, Corinthia, Greece


Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World