The alabastron is unusual in both its shape and decoration. The body is sack-like, widening distinctly toward the bottom, and the mouth is small and thick. The succession of ornaments ends in the tondo with a gorgoneion. This area of an alabastron is often specially decorated, suggesting that the objects hung freely or were handled rather than being immobilized in a stand.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 75, 217, pl. 57g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.