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Terracotta inscribed alabastron (perfume vase)

ca. 600 B.C.
Etruscan, Etrusco-Corinthian
H. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Frieze: sphinx, lions, and birds

Decorated with a large striding sphinx accompanied by smaller lions and birds, this delicate vase is notable for the inscription incised on its rim: "I am the gift of Licinius Hersinaeus."
Inscription: Inscribed: "I am given to Licinius Hersinaeaus"
Fiesel, E. 1936. "Zwei neue Vaseninschriften des Metropolitan Museum in New York." Studi Etruschi, 10: pl. XXXII.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. pp. 12, 13-14, fig. 42, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 43, p. 46, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

Szilágyi, János György. 1998. Ceramica Etrusco-Corinzia Figurante. Pt. 2, 590/580-550. p. 366, n. 231, Florence: Leo Olschki.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 2.2, pp. 20–22, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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