This small Oil Bottle replica is known as an Aryballos. Aryballoi functioned as oil jars, which seem to have been used primarily for bathing by athletes in the gymnasion or palaestra. Because of its design, this type of vase could conveniently be carried on the wrist using a string looped through the small handle. The athletes would cover themselves in oil before training; then, when the session was over, they would use a metal instrument called a strigil to scrape away the dirt and excess oil from their bodies. It is interesting to note that to most ancient Greeks, not just athletes, this was the common method of bathing. The style is Corinthian and the period of this piece is believed to be betwen 650-640 BC. The actual bottle is on display at the Museum of Delphi.
Originating from the same fields where the original was found to ensure the same "look and feel" as the actual piece. All paint decorations were also made replicating methods used by potters of the particular period. This is why this item is hard to distinguish from the original and requires the attached traditional lead stamp (shown as part of the description tag) that identifies it as a reproduction made by an authorized artist. Like the actual museum displays each piece is tagged with its description.
Shipped in presentation gift box.
Handmade and Imported from Greece.
Approx. 76mm (3 in) L x 70mm (2.75 in) W x 70mm (2.75 in) H
Base 51mm (2 in) L x 45mm (1.75 in) W x 19mm (.75 in) H
Approx. weight 127 grams