Year: 600-550 a.C.
Dimension: Higth 9 cm
VI century B.C. A Corinthian aryballos with disc-shaped mouth, short and narrow truncated conical neck, ribbon-shaped handle vertically running from rim to shoulder, globular body and rounded bottom, with chamois-colour paste; dark brown paint with strokes of purple varnish and some etched details. Decoration: dark brow-painted radial flaps on top of the rim's flat part as well as on the lip, shoulder and at the base of the neck, whilst some parallel lines on the handle. Over the body there is a procession of warriors, framed by dark brown parallel lines, who proceed leftwards and wear a crested helm, a large round shield with white and purple finishings, a spear, the end of which emerge from the shield. Ex collection Hans Piehler (1847-1961) Germany
According to its globular shape and decorative pattern with train of warriors, this aryballos can be dated to the early sixth century BC. Men's iconography and evidence from vases' depictions indicate that athletes used these vessels for holding oil, which served the purpose of cleansing after playing, as it was probably also the case with soldiers after fighting. These jars have at times been found amongst votive deposits near acropolises, temples and wall groundworks, probably being offered by young men who were reaching adulthood.