Greek (found near Olympia),
6th – 4th century B.C.

Small oil or perfume flask, glass, 7.2 cm high ( ~ 3 in)

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

More aryballoi! These probably once held perfumed oil for anointing the body. 

The round, squat shape reflects the technique used to create them, glassblowing! Molten glass is inflated like a balloon at the end of a tube. The development of blowing molten glass was accompanied by new techniques of decorating the glass while it was still hot. 


More info on the Teal aryballos, striped aryballos, and orange aryballos.


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