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Terracotta aryballos (perfume bottle) in the shape of a woman's head

Attributed to the Oxford Class of Head Vases
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.62
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
In an object such as this one, the appurtenances related to its function are limited to the spout and small handles at the top. Thus, the demarcation between a vase, a terracotta, and a sculpture is narrow indeed.
Said to be from Attica

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): pp. 128, 132, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 94, fig. 60, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 94, fig. 60, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 75, 218, pl. 58b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1532, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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