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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Attributed to the Group of the Paidikos Alabastra
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Welles Bosworth, 1921
Accession Number:
21.80
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Inscribed "Hipparchos is beautiful"

Decorated with a lovely pattern of diminishing palmettes, this vase may bear a tribute to Hipparchos, the son of the tyrant Peisistratos. Hipparchos was assassinated by two conspirators, Harmodios and Aristogeiton.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Hipparchos is beautiful"
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 65, 68, fig. 81, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 17-18, fig. 109, New York: Plantin Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 65, 68, fig. 81, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 75, 217, pl. 57h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 99, no. 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kurtz, Donna C. 1975. Athenian White Lekythoi: Patterns and Painters. pl. 72.3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. no. I b) 3., p.117, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 200863.

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