An Etrusco-Corinthian Piriform Alabastron, ca. 6th century BCE
of buff-clay terracotta, decorated with a center dot pattern design and upper and lower solid red-brown bands.
The vessel shows the typical form of Corinthian alabastra: a footless, rounded base, the body curving with the widest diameter near the base and then tapering to a narrow neck. A single ear-like and pierced protrusion, reaching from the neck to the rim, functions as a handle or rather was used to suspend the alabastron by a string looped through the opening. The wide, flat mouth has a narrow aperture, ideally suited for pouring oil (alabastra were used for ointments and perfumed oil); the spreading lip or rim is rather thick.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8.8 cm)
Condition: Scattered areas of surface encrustation, the vessel is intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private NJ. collection, acquired 1950s-1960s, then by descent to family.
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