Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Upper frieze, Herakles and centaurs
Lower frieze, flutist leading procession of women

The upper frieze, depicting Herakles in the company of three centaurs, is perhaps a reference to the story of the Greek hero's battle with Pholos and his fellow centaurs. The scene below has no obvious narrative connection to that one. This shape, frequently made of alabaster and copied by Corinthian potters, is rare with Etruscan potters working in Southern Etruria.

Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase), Terracotta, Etruscan

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