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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Attributed to the Potnia Painter
Period:
Early Corinthian
Date:
ca. 620–590 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Corinthian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of L. P. di Cesnola, 1876
Accession Number:
76.12.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Winged Artemis holding two swans

As one of her aspects, the goddess Artemis was mistress of animals, potnia theron. In Archaic representations from all parts of Greece, she appears with her hands firmly gripping a pair of lions, deer, or other animals or birds.
Purchased in Brindisi

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 37, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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