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Alabaster alabastron (perfume vase)

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th–4th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Gypsum (alabaster)
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.4 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5101
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The alabastron has two vertical lugs. The neck is short and the lip flares.

Alabastra are ubiquitous in the Greek world and frequent in neighboring regions, particularly the Levant and Egypt. On Cyprus, stone examples begin during the Archaic period (seventh and sixth centuries B.C.) and become widespread during Classical times. The consistency of the shape makes it difficult to date them and to distinguish local from imported examples. Deposits of alabaster exist on the island. Alabastra served men and women in life and frequently were placed in burials.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1614, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 548, Myres 1614, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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