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The Macmillan aryballos

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1889,0418.1

  • Title (object)

    • The Macmillan aryballos
  • Description

    Pottery aryballos decorated in miniature with seventeen warriors, a hare-hunt and a horse-race. The warriors are locked in combat, thrusting their spears, jostling for position, or falling to the ground. Each warrior is armed with plumed helmet, spear and blazoned shield. Some are streaked with blood. The upper part of the vase takes the form of a lion's head, its mouth open to display rows of fearsome teeth and a red tongue.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 640BC (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.9 centimetres
    • Diameter: 3.9 centimetres
    • Weight: 65 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    According to the publication in JHS 11 (1890), the aryballos was acquired by Macmillan at Thebes; the British Museum Register, however, has a handwritten note in the margin stating that the aryballos was bought by Macmillan ‘on the platform at Corinth station’.

  • Bibliography

    • Amyx 1988 pp. 31-32, Chigi Painter, no. 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G13/dc1

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1889

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1889,0418.1

The Macmillan aryballos: pottery aryballos decorated in miniature with eighteen warriors, a hare-hunt and a horse-race.

The Macmillan aryballos: pottery aryballos decorated in miniature with eighteen warriors, a hare-hunt and a horse-race.

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