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(ἀρύβαλλος; arýballos).

[German version]

[1] Leather bag

Leather bag.

[German version]

[2] Spherical container

Technical term for spherical containers of ointment ( lekythos), worn on an athlete's wrist; they have survived in clay, faience, bronze and silver. Originating in Corinth, the form reached Sparta and Rhodes in the 6th cent. BC, and subsequently Attica.


N. Kunisch, Eine neue Fikellura-Vase, in: AA 1972, 558-565 (typology)

G. Schwarz, …

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Scheibler, Ingeborg (Krefeld), “Aryballos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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