Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Aryballos (oil and perfume bottle) in the shape of a dead hare
Archaic Period, Corinthian Style, 6th century BCE
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.

Perfumes and Cosmetics in the Ancient World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 12/11/1989 - 18/04/1990

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