Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase), Terracotta, Etruscan

Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase)

6th century B.C.
Terracotta; black-figure, Caeretan
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fried Gift, 1981
Accession Number:
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.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980 through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 111: p. 37.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1986. "Echoes from Egypt." Artibus Aegypti: Studia in Honorem Bernardi V. Bothmer, Herman Meulenaere and Luc Limme, eds. pp. 18-9, figs. 13-16, Brussels: Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1990. Vol. 5: Herakles-Kenchrias. Herakles/Hercle, p. 249, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome. no. 329, pp. 286, 472, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.111, p. 130, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.