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Terracotta kothon (perfume vase)

Period:
Late Corinthian
Date:
2nd half of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Corinthian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) diameter 5 15/16 in. (15 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Helen H. Mertens Gift, 1962
Accession Number:
62.11.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The kothon--also known as a plemochoe or exaleiptron-- was designed to prevent its contents from spilling. It was produced in Corinth through the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., and was widely exported. Find contexts on the site of Corinth indicate that the shape was not common in burials but rather in temple dedications.
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