Hedgehog aryballos



Accession Number
EA4764
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Animals case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Aryballos
Period
Late Period
Material
Faience
Provenance
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor
Measurements
Height: 42mm | Length: 53mm | Width: 33mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Hedgehog

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Description

A glazed composition cosmetic aryballos in the form of a hedgehog with a human head before a spout on the back. It is possibly from Thebes and dating to the Late Period. It is on long-term loan from the British Museum who acquired it in 1835 from the collection of Henry Salt. An aryballos (Greek: ἀρύβαλλος; plural aryballoi) was a small spherical or globular flask with a narrow neck used in ancient Greece. It was used to contain perfume or oil, and is often depicted in vase paintings being used by athletes during bathing.

Bibliography

Goodridge, Wendy R. & Stuart J. Williams 2005. Offerings from The British Museum. Swansea: The Egypt Centre. [p. 15] Webb, Virginia 1978. Archaic Greek faience: miniature scent bottles and related objects from east Greece. Warminster: Aris & Phillips. [nr. 910]