- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Aryballos in the Shape of a Hare
- Work Type
- 650-600 BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Corinth (Corinthia)
- Orientalizing period
- Physical Descriptions
- 8 x 7.4 x 4 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.)
- From the collection of Herbert A. Cahn. Purchased at auction October 18, 2002.
Jean-David Cahn AG, Auktion 3, 18 October 2002, Basel. Kunstwerke der Antike: Sammlung Tilly und Herbert A. Cahn. Lot 18.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Claude Grenier in honor of James Cuno
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
- Small Protocorinthian oil vessel in the shape of a hare. Bobbin-shaped (wheelmade?) body rests on folded legs. Back paws are thin and sausage-shaped. Front paws are large and wedge-shaped. Hemispherical tail. Small, moldmade (?) head with filling hole at top. Large modeled eyes, small pierced nostrils, incised mouth. Pointy ears are raised. Small hole for suspension connects ears to back of body.
Pale buff-orange body with details in orange and dark brown slip. Body stippled all over in orange slip. Point of juncture between body and legs filled with orange slip, with some dark brown details. Back haunch delineated in orange. Modeled eye slipped dark brown with orange eyelashes extending beyond a dark brown eyebrow. Mouth detailed in brown slip. Ear outlined in brown, with interior slipped orange.
Significant flaking of slip. Repair at chest.
- Re-View Exhibition, Spring 2008, gallery label information:
Aryballos in the Shape of a Hare
Greek, Proto-Corinthian, c. 630 BCE
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Claude Grenier in honor of James Cuno, 2002.283
Mold-made aryballoi (perfume flasks) in the shapes of animals were popular in Greece in the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. Aristocratic men gave real hares as gifts to younger male lovers; this vessel might have performed a similar function.
- Publication History
Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2002-2003 (Cambridge, MA, 2004), p. 12.
Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/Handbook (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2008)
[Reproduction Only], Persephone, (Fall 2004)., p. 57.
- Exhibition History
Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011
- Subjects and Contexts
- Verification Level
3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted