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Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

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

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure on white ground.

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Place

Athens (Object made in)

Date

500 BCE–480 BCE

Medium

terracotta, black-figure on white ground

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

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