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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Attributed to the Beth Pelet Painter
ca. 460 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.3 cm); diameter 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, upper zone, women at home; lower zone, youth pursuing woman
Reverse, upper and lower zones, women at home

In Attic pottery of the fifth century B.C., the phenomenon of superposed or concentric rows of decoration occasionally appears. It is best represented on kraters, among the large shapes; on cups and bobbins, among vases with a circular format; and on alabastra. The iconography of this alabastron resembles that of many pyxides (boxes with lids)—the confinement of the home and the seductions of the world beyond.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 15, Gallatin pl. 25.2, .4, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 729, no. 23, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Maffre, Jean-Jacques. 1972. "Collection de l'École française d'Athènes." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 96(1): p. 57 n. 59.

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 333, pp. 77, 209, pl. 118, Louvain: Peeters.

Algrain, Isabelle. 2014. L'Alabastre Attique: Origine, Forme et Usages, Études D’Archéologie 7. cat. II.8, p. 266, Bruxelles: CReA-Patrimoine.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database no. 208976.

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