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Italo-Corinthian Alabastron (Oil Flask) with Painted Abstract Decoration

600 BCE - 550 BCE

2 5/16 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (5.9 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.53
Geography: Europe, Italy
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Alabastra
Culture/Nationality: Etruscan

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  • alabastra - Small ancient Greek or Roman vessels for holding oils, ointments, or perfumes; usually elongated in form, almost cylindrical, and rounded at the bottom. Some footed examples also exist. They either have no handles or one small handle at the side. Alabastra are small enough to be held in one hand or it could be carried by a string looped around its narrow neck or passed through smal lugs on the shoulder. The shape originated in Egypt, where it was made in glass, faience, or alabaster (it takes its name from this stone).
  • Corinthian - Refers to a pottery style created in the city and region of Corinth in the Peloponnese in south-central Greece, and exported extensively in other parts of Greece, Italy, and Egypt, particularly in the second half of the seventh century BCE and the first half of the sixth century BCE. It is characterized by large vessels and bold decoration arranged in friezes covering most of the surface. Designs are in black-figure on a light terra-cotta background, with red, white, and incised additions. Motifs may have been inspired by Eastern textiles and typically include animals, monsters, or human figures, with ornaments such as dots, leaves, or rosettes scattered over the background.
  • toilettes - Term applied to a variety of French dressing tables designed for women.

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