Gypsum alabaster (calcium sulphate) alabastron with pointed end. The top and rim of the alabastron is lost. On the right is sculptured the left forearm (wearing long sleeved garment?) and hand (fist, with thumb extended) hanging down straight, very small vestiges of right elbow (bent) on the other side. The back is left round. Roughly drilled hole, 1.5cm in diameter. Broken off at the top.
- Production date
- 575BC - 550BC
Width: 4.30 - 4.40 centimetres
Diameter: 1.50 centimetres
Height: 20.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Object owned and held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 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.
Marked in pencil Φ10 (Sanctuary of Aphrodite context 10). The 0, looks like it has been later modified into a 2, or underlined. 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
- Fair (incomplete)
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 88.738 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: S.1634 (Stone ledger number)