Terracotta inscribed alabastron (perfume vase)

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 600 B.C.

Culture: Etruscan, Etrusco-Corinthian

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1926

Accession Number: 26.60.94


This small Etrusco-Corinthian alabastron, decorated with a large striding sphinx accompanied by smaller lions and birds, is notable for the inscription incised on its rim: "I am the gift of Licinius Hersinaeus."The vase was probably a votive, a gift from Licinie Hirsunaie to a particular divinity or, perhaps, to another individual.