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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Related to the Group of the Paidikos Alabastra
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Two archers with dog hunting a feline

The archers in their oriental garb are connected with the Amazons who appear on white alabastra at the very end of the sixth century B.C. It is likely that the iconography evokes the exotic fragrance contained within the vase.
Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. no. 6, p. 127, 133, 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 226 bis, p. 195, Louvain: Peeters.

Algrain, Isabelle. 2014. L'Alabastre Attique: Origine, Forme et Usages, Études D’Archéologie 7. cat. II.69, p. 273, Bruxelles: CReA-Patrimoine.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 50021.

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