Objet phare des musées de Grasse

International Perfume Museum


06 June 2014 / 14h00

Seventh century BC.

Sixth century BC, Rhodes


Inv. 93 550

This aryballos (or perfume vase) was used mostly by Greek athletes for storing scented oil for body care. Its specific shape made it easy to mix scented elements before its use by plugging the hole with your thumb. The aryballos could also serve, more traditionally, as an oil container for ceremonies or sometimes funeral rites.