Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Aryballos (oil and perfume bottle) in the shape of a dead hare
Greece
Archaic Period, Corinthian Style, 6th century BCE
Pottery
L: 17.2 cm
Gift of Ella Brummer, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.15.217
 
 
Hares, larger than rabbits and not domesticated, were hunted for their meat. The image of a slain hare hanging from a pole, as depicted here, was a typical attribute of hunters. A hare was even placed among the stars before the hunter Orion and his dog, to play out an eternal chase.


Exhibition:
Perfumes and Cosmetics in the Ancient World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 12/11/1989 - 12/01/1994

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir