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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Attributed to the Painter of Palermo 1162
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm); diameter 13/16 in. (2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Woman and Nike at altar, each with phiale.

Offering libations seems to have been an important role for women. Here a Nike (personification of victory), who looks very much like an Athenian lady with wings, and a mortal counterpart flank an altar. Each holds a phiale (libation bowl). It is likely that the sacrifice is for the successful return of a warrior or athlete.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. United States of America: Hoppin and Gallatin Collections Fasc. 1, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. pls. 26.11, 26.13, Paris: E. Champion.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 725, no. 1 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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 300, p. 209, pl. 110, Louvain: Peeters.

Algrain, Isabelle. 2014. L'Alabastre Attique: Origine, Forme et Usages, Études D’Archéologie 7. cat. II.11, p. 267, Bruxelles: CReA-Patrimoine.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 208908.

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