Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

Attributed to the Painter of Palermo 1162

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Woman and Nike at altar, each with phiale.

Offering libations seems to have been an important role for women. Here a Nike (personification of victory), who looks very much like an Athenian lady with wings, and a mortal counterpart flank an altar. Each holds a phiale (libation bowl). It is likely that the sacrifice is for the successful return of a warrior or athlete.

Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase), Attributed to the Painter of Palermo 1162, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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