Ancient Roman Glass Aryballos Oil Vessel - 100 AD

An exceptional Roman green glass aryballos, dating to the 1st -2nd Century AD.

The free-blown Aryballos with round body, slightly flattened base, short cylindrical neck and thick, collared rim. Two applied dolphin strap handles bilaterally, folded downwards and upwards at the neck.

The aryballos decorated with several lathe-cut circumferential lines, faintly visible on the mid-body.  A fine example with golden iridescence and a nice patina.

The Aryballos was an ancient container used for storing oil. Vessels such as this were worn by Ancient Roman athletes and used in cleansing of the skin, as described by Herrmann and Kondoleon:

After exercising, the athletes stripped off the oily, dirty, sweaty, and often bloody mess using a metal scraper - called a stlengis in Greek, but better known by its Latin name, strigil. The oils were kept in long alabastra or small round aryballoi, which have been found in glass, bronze and ceramic versions. Athletes typically carried these from a strap wrapped around their wrists.

 

References: J.Herrmann, C.Kondoleon, Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit, 2004, MFA, p.132.

Ancient Roman Glass Aryballos Oil Vessel - 100 AD. An exceptional Roman green glass aryballos, dating to the 1st -2nd Century AD. The free-blown Aryballos with round body, slightly flattened base, short cylindrical neck and thick, collared rim. Two applied dolphin strap handles bilaterally, folded downwards and upwards at the neck. The aryballos decorated with several lathe-cut circumferential lines, faintly visible on the mid-body.  A fine example with golden iridescence and a nice patina. The Aryballos was an ancient container used for storing oil. Vessels such as this were worn by Ancient Roman athletes and used in cleansing of the skin, as described by Herrmann and Kondoleon: After exercising, the athletes stripped off the oily, dirty, sweaty, and often bloody mess using a metal scraper - called a stlengis in Greek, but better known by its Latin name, strigil. The oils were kept in long alabastra or small round aryballoi, which have been found in glass, bronze and ceramic versions. Athletes typically carried these from a strap wrapped around their wrists.   References: J.Herrmann, C.Kondoleon, Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit, 2004, MFA, p.132.

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