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Corinthian Black-Figured Alabastron

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3699, Corinthian Black-Figured Alabastron, Archaic Period; c. 600 B.C.

Culture: Greek
Material: terracotta
Dimensions: h. 11 in / 28.2 cm

This Corinthian vase is an alabastron, a type of vessel used for storing perfume. The main subject is a winged goddess of animals, a subject possibly derived from Near Eastern mother goddesses with whom the Greeks associated Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Corinthian vase painting often had illustrations of animals, both real and imagined, borrowed from Near Eastern motifs. Grasping the necks of two swans, the goddess wears an embroidered tunic and a headdress called a polos. The style of the painting on the alabastron, with its surface completely covered in a combination of representational and abstract pattern, is typical of early Corinthian pottery.

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