Aryballos in the Shape of a Hare

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Aryballos in the Shape of a Hare, 650-600 BCE
7th century BCE
Orientalizing period
Creation Place: Corinth (Corinthia)
8 x 7.4 x 4 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Claude Grenier in honor of James Cuno
, 2002.283
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
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.
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.
Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2002-2003, (Cambridge, MA, 2004), p. 12.

[Reproduction Only], Persephone(Fall 2004), p. 57.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/Handbook, exh. cat., ed. Stephan Wolohojian (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2008)

Exhibition History
Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011