Gypsum alabaster (calcium sulphate) alabastron terminating in a female figure. The lip of the vase and nose of the woman are broken away. The upper part of the alabastron is terminating in the bust of a woman on top of whose head the vase's lip was placed. The figure is wearing a thin veil, falling over the hair and shoulders towards the front; the ears are covered. The face is rather rounded with slim, fairly long, oblique, the lower lid is more or less straight, the upper plastically rendered. The mouth is smiling broadly with full lips; the nose is short (and chipped). The back is left round. Only top part preserved; black substance sticking to neck.
- Production date
- 575BC - 550BC
Diameter: 1.40 centimetres (inside mouth)
Height: 4.20 centimetres
Width: 3.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Object owned and held by Bolton Museum. This record is included in the British Museum database as part of the Museum’s Naukratis Project, a research collaboration that aims to virtually re-unite finds from the ancient port city of Naukratis, now distributed over 80 museums worldwide.
Cypro-Ionian style alabaster alabastra in the form of Kore, have been dated 575-550BC (Jenkins 2001, 172, figs. 11-12; Höckmann 2007, 189-190, N36; pl. 40 a-d, Type 5.1, style groups 3), correcting the higher dating of Smith (Smith 1892; Pryce 1928. Four examples are known from Naukratis (Bolton Museum 1966.112.A), two from the sanctuary of Aphrodite (contexts Φ8 and Φ10; Boston 88.738; British Museum GR1888,0601.15; Gardner 1888, pl. XIV, no. 11; Höckmann 2007, 189-190, no. N35) and one from the sanctuary of Apollo (stratum AΠ 7; British Museum GR1886,0401.1393, previously erroneously attributed to Aphrodite, Höckmann 2007, 189-190, N36). All three contexts are late Saite in date. They were likely made in the same workshop (Höckmann 2007, 190 ). Parallels (Maximova 1927, 128, no.1; Poulsen 1912, 99; J. Paul Getty Museum no. AA.306) include an example from Kamiros, Rhodes (Jacopi 1933, 152-3, figs 181-2).
Jacopi, G. 1933. Esplorazione archeologica di Camiro II. Clara Rhodos 6-7.
Maximova, M. I. 1927. Les Vases plastiques dans l’antoquité (époque archaïque). Paris.
Poulsen, P. F. S. 1912, Der Orient und die frühgriechische Kunst. Leipzig.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1966.112.A (Accession Number)