Greek Corinthian pottery komast aryballos


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A sizeable spherical pottery aryballos flask with painted and incised decoration depicting a male dancer (komast) surrounded by rosettes. Komasts were often painted on Corinthian vases and were connected with ritual celebrations, their origin and meaning remain unclear. The dancers are depicted wearing clothing stuffed and padded to create the effect of swollen bellies and buttocks.

Greek, Corinthian, early 6th Century BC

8.7 x 8.3 cms

Repaired from fragments, minor losses and general wear as seen in the photographs, no repainting of the decoration

Ex. private collection, Roubaix, France; inherited from a collection formed in the 19th or early 20th Century. Collection number 543 inscribed on the handle, a partial old numerical label on the top of the rim.