Aryballos In The Shape Of A Hare
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.283
Title
Aryballos in the Shape of a Hare
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
650-600 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Corinth (Corinthia)
Period
Orientalizing period
Culture
Greek
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Mold-made
Dimensions
8 x 7.4 x 4 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.)
Provenance
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.
Aquisition 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
2002
Object Number
2002.283
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
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.
Commentary
Re-View Exhibition, Spring 2008, gallery label information:

Aryballos in the Shape of a Hare
Greek, Proto-Corinthian, c. 630 BCE
Terracotta
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, exh. cat. (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

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted