Corinthian Pottery Aryballos of a Bearded Winged Sphinx, ca. 6th century BCE. Decorated with mythological creature of bearded winged sphinx and reverse side with Swan motif. Oil flask with conical base. Remarkable remnants of charcoal and brown and cream pigment remain on the vessel. Delicate mouth with stripes and dots on flat neck. Very good condition and very rare type. 4" in height. Ex: Archaeological Center, LTD. Old Jaffa. According to Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, this small, globular vessel is an aryballos, an oil container of the sort used by ancient Greek athletes. Its shape, a single, broad handle and disc like mouth, is particularly suited to its function, the athlete could shake the oil out onto the flared lip and then apply it to his body with his fingers. The exquisitely painted decoration complements the shape of the aryballos to the greatest advantage.