Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta perfume flask in the shape of a shoe

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Lydian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
2 3/8in. (6.1cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of the American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.164.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The object consists of a small alabastron (perfume vase) that has been inserted into the opening of the shoe. The name inscribed on the side, Hekataiou, gives the name of the owner, a man named Hekataios.
Inscription: Hekataiou
Excavated at Sardis

Buckler, William Hepburn and D.M. Robinson. 1932. Sardis VII Greek and Latin Inscriptions. no. 219, p. 161, fig. 206, Leiden: Brill.

Rotroff, Susan. 2003. The Hellenistic Pottery from Sardis: The Finds though 1994. p. 196, pl. 142b, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Related Objects

Terracotta architectural tile

Date: 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 26.199.9 On view in:Gallery 152

Fragment of a terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Date: 6th–5th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 26.199.284 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta lydion (perfume jar)

Date: 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 16.75.16 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta lydion (perfume jar)

Date: 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 26.199.64 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta aryballos (oil flask) in the form of a pomegranate

Date: 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 26.164.3 On view in:Gallery 171