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Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure on white ground technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure on white ground technique.

Date:

about 500-480 BCE

Artist:

Attributed to the Diosphos Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

Vessels of this shape were made over the course of hundreds of years and from a variety of materials. The shape may have originated in Egypt and taken its name from the word alabaster, but it was readily replicated in other materials, including terracotta and glass. The broad rim functioned as an applicator for spreading its contents, usually precious oils or perfumes.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Origin

Athens

Date

500 BCE–480 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure on white ground technique

Dimensions

16.2 × 6 × 6 cm (6 3/8 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1907.11

Extended information about this artwork

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