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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Attributed to the Persephone Painter
ca. 440 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm) diameter 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, woman with mirror
Reverse, woman with plemochoe (perfume vase)

The column indicates that the scene is set indoors, and the kalathos (wool basket) on the ground suggests the ladies' occupation. The representation of each figure is noteworthy. The one with the mirror wears a peplos and her hair is bound with fillets. She appears younger. The other is dressed in a chiton and himation with her hair in a sakkos (snood). The Persephone Painter, whose masterpiece is displayed in the Jaharis Gallery on the main floor, characterizes figures with utmost economy.
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Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 17–18, fig. 110, New York: Plantin Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1013, no. 18, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Noble, Joseph V. 1965. The Techniques of Attic Painted Pottery. fig. 156, New York: Watson-Guptill.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 440, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. p. 212, n. 14, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Badinou, Panayota. 2003. La laine et le parfum: Épinetra et alabastres, forme, iconographie et fonction, recherche de céramique attique féminine, Monographs on Antiquity, Vol. 2. no. A 350, pp. 217–18, Louvain: Peeters.

Algrain, Isabelle. 2014. L'Alabastre Attique: Origine, Forme et Usages, Études D’Archéologie 7. cat. II.3, p. 266, Bruxelles: CReA-Patrimoine.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 214715.

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