Aryballos oil bottle

This type of ancient Greek bottle was probably used to store perfumed oil. This one is decorated simply with lines.
It was bought from Harold Clemens, an enthusiastic collector of curios, who having been an avid reader of the Bazaar, Exchange and Mart magazine, decided to set up his own ‘Fir Tree hotel Museum of Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities’, in his public-house and bed and breakfast establishment at Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire. He set himself up as ‘Curator’ and advertised curios and other items from his ’small museum’ in the aforementioned journal. His timing was good, Tutankhamun’s tomb had recently been discovered, and there was great interest in the occult, spiritualism and all things ancient. His endeavour was therefore of great interest. Unfortunately some of his ‘antiquities’ were anything but.
It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague, who collected over 800 specimens, which he bequeathed to the museum upon his death.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
aryballos oil bottle
Simple Name
Full Name
perfume/oil bottle, aryballos
whole height 190 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Classical - 500-336 BC
Production Date
Family Group

Function Name
Function Detail
perfume or olive oil
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Country
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collection Continent

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