Gift of The American Society for the Exploration of Sardis, 1916
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.