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 dates to the Late Period. On long-term loan since 2005 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.
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]