Scented owl

An aryballos is a small spherical or pear-shaped flask with a narrow neck used in Ancient Greece. It contains perfume or scented oil, either for personnal hygiene or for ceremonies. First known aryballos date from around 700 BCE.

The owl shaped aryballos owned by the Louvre museum in Paris is a very sweet example of Corinth Orientalizing (in that case, proto-corinthian) production. Considered dating from -640 BCE, this tiny owl of barely 5 cm high (1,96 inches) has an astonishingly fine decor.

Isn’t it reminding you of anyone ?


© Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

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