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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure, Caeretan
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fried Gift, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.11.7
  • Description

    Upper frieze, Herakles and centaurs
    Lower frieze, flutist leading procession of women

    The upper frieze, depicting Herakles in the company of three centaurs, is perhaps a reference to the story of the Greek hero's battle with Pholos and his fellow centaurs. The scene below has no obvious narrative connection to that one. This shape, frequently made of alabaster and copied by Corinthian potters, is rare with Etruscan potters working in Southern Etruria.

  • References

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1981. "Notable Acquisitions 1980-1981." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 38: p. 15.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1986. "Echoes from Egypt." Artibus Aegypti: Studia in Honorem Bernardi V. Bothmer, Herman Meulenaere and Luc Limme, eds. Brussels: Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, pp. 18-9, figs. 13-16.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Herakles/Hercle, p. 249.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 329, pp. 286, 472.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4.111, p. 130.

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