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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H.: 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.150
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Two women

The women are shown in the domestic quarters, indicated by the casket and the kalathos (wool basket) between them. This is a simple object but just what an Athenian woman would have used in life and received as an offering in her grave.
Said to be from Greece

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. p. 212, n.14, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Badinou, Panayota. 2003. La laine et le parfum: Épinetra et alabastres, forme, iconographie et fonction, recherche de céramique attique féminine, Monographs on Antiquity, Vol. 2. no. A 342, p. 216, pl. 120, Louvain: Peeters.

Algrain, Isabelle. 2014. L'Alabastre Attique: Origine, Forme et Usages, Études D’Archéologie 7. cat. II.66, p. 272, Bruxelles: CReA-Patrimoine.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 50009.

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