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Terracotta lydion (perfume jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Lydian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.164.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Great numbers of these jars have been found at Sardis as well as around the Mediterranean. Because they seem to have been a specialty of Lydia, modern scholars call this type of vase a lydion. Such jars probably contained baccaris, a perfume for which Sardis was noted in antiquity.
Excavated at Sardis

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 192, pl. 32g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Lydia." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 26(5): p. 198, fig. 7.

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