Terracotta aryballos in the form of an eagle's head

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. late 7th –early 6th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Rhodian

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Length: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, Anonymous Gift, in memory of Sleiman and Souad Aboutaam, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.267

Description

Though known from all parts of Greece, their production is particularly associated with Rhodes and eastern Greece. They served as containers for scented oil, and perhaps also for medicinal preparations. This aryballos in the form of an eagle's head is rare, as only about a dozen examples are known.

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