Terracotta lydion (perfume jar)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152

Great numbers of these jars have been found at Sardis as well as around the Mediterranean. Because they seem to have been a specialty of Lydia, modern scholars call this type of vase a lydion. Such jars probably contained baccaris, a perfume for which Sardis was noted in antiquity.

Terracotta lydion (perfume jar), Terracotta, Lydian

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