Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase), Terracotta, Greek, Corinthian

Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Late Corinthian I
575–550 B.C.
Greek, Corinthian
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of L. P. di Cesnola, 1876
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The blinding of Polyphemos

The blinding of Polyphemos is one of the most dramatic episodes in the voyage of Odysseus, king of Ithaka, from the Trojan War to his native island. Representations begin in the seventh century B.C. but are rare. This vase is noteworthy because an event of extraordinary moment is rendered with a bare minimum of artistic means.
Purchased in Brindisi

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