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Terracotta lydion (perfume jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Lydian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Exploration of Sardis, 1916
Accession Number:
16.75.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Because large numbers of such perfume jars have been found in Lydia, modern scholars have called the shape a lydion. It was locally made in other regions of the ancient Mediterranean, notably Athens. The significant aspect of these vases was certainly the contents.
Excavated at Sardis

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

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