Faience perfume bottle (aryballos) in the form of a dolphin

Greek, 550-500 BC
From Kamiros, Rhodes, Aegean Sea

The art of working in faience was invented in Egypt, but during the Archaic period workshops were established at various places in the Greek world. In the seventh and sixth centuries BC the island of Rhodes was home to a flourishing faience industry. Characteristic products included aryballoi (perfume bottles) in a variety of shapes, among them human heads, fish and animals. This small perfume bottle takes the form of a dolphin. The pouring spout has been set on his back. The tail is missing.

Find in the collection online

More information


L. Burn, The British Museum book of G-1, revised edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)


Height: 3.500 inches
Diameter: 1.500 inches

Museum number

GR 1861.4-25.27


Gift of Professor John Ruskin


Find in the collection online

Search highlights

There are over 4,000 highlight objects to explore