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Silver alabastron (perfume vase)

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th–4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm)
diameter 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
diameter of lid 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.113
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Two narrow horizontal bands decorated with a wave pattern encircle the vase. Long vertical lines run up the body, and a star rosette covers the bottom. The decoration is embellished with gilding. The neck, mouth, and lugs for attachment of a chain are missing.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Patricia Gilkison. 1994. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection: 1993–1994: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 52(2): p. 14.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1994. "One Hundred Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1993 through June 30, 1994." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 124: p. 35.

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