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alabastron

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1887,0801.61

  • Description

    Pottery white-ground alabastron (oil or perfume flask) with figural scene and a 'kalos' inscription; wheel-made; elongated body with a rounded base; narrow, slightly concave neck with a mushroom lip; pair of opposing lugs at the upper part of the vessel. Made of fine buff-orange clay with a white slip or ground, decorated with black and yellow; vessel restored from fragments and reconstructed in places (especially parts of the lower body).

    Above and below the figural scene are tongues painted in black, on the bottom a rosette in red on black; on either side of the vase an ear in red. The pictorial scene shows a Bacchic ceremony. On the left is a Maenad to right, with hair in a tuft at the back, and a yellow plume (?), long yellow chiton and white himation over her shoulders, holding out a phiale in left hand. Before her is a crane to right, painted black, with yellow feathers on head and breast. On the right is a Maenad rushing towards the other, with sphendone and cap over her hair, chiton and himation as the other, sandals, and nebris tied at the neck, holding a laurel-branch in either hand. Around the flask just below the shoulder is an inscription in Greek alphabetic script naming Pasiades as the potter; around the mouth proclaims 'the boy is handsome [kalos]'.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 520BC-500BC (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        Top
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        (1) Above design: ΠΑΣΙΑΔΕΣ : EΠOIEΣEN, πασίάδης έποίησεν.
        (2) On the top of the vase: ΗΟΠΑΙΣΚΑΛOΣ, ό παϊς καλός.
      • Inscription Translation

        (1) Pasiades made it
        (2) The boy is handsome
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    J.H.S. viii. pl. 82, pp. 291, 318; The Owl (Science Suppl.), Nikosia, 1 Sept. 1888, pl. 1, p. 5 (Duemmler); Class. Rev. i. p. 25; Klein, Meistersig. p. 222; Duemmler, Bonner Stud. p. 80.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase B668 bibliographic details
    • Childs et al. 2012 Cat. no. 21, pp 84-5 bibliographic details
    • Gjerstad et al. GGAPC No. 558, p. 58 & pl. LXXVI, 2 bibliographic details
    • ARV p. 98, alabastra no. 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G14/dc2

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2006 8 Jun-4 Sep, Los Angeles, The Getty Villa, The Colors of Clay

    October 2012-January 2013, USA, Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, 'City of Gold: Tomb and Temple in Ancient Cyprus'.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1887,0801.61

Pottery: White-ground alabastron (oil or perfume flask): two women (one a maenad) and a crane. Signed by Pasiades as potter.

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Pottery: White-ground alabastron (oil or perfume flask): two women (one a maenad) and a crane. Signed by Pasiades as potter.

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