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Caeretan (?) Alabastron (Oil Flask)

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Caeretan (?) Alabastron (Oil Flask)

6th century BCE

7 5/16 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (18.6 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.84
Geography: Europe, Italy, Cerveteri (Caere)
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Toilet Articles
Culture/Nationality: Greek

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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).
  • Archaic - Refers to the pottery style found in Persia around 6000 BCE. The style is characterized by fine, plain buff pottery tempered with straw that is sometimes decorated with simple red or orange painted designs.

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  • Owner Name: Clarissa Compton Dryden, Class of 1932, MA 1935
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Inheritance
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 1925
    Ownership End Date: 1950's to 1980's
    Remarks: A relative of archaeologist, Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925), Dryden presented the Ella Riegel Museum with items she inherited from his collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts throughout the 1950s-1980s

  • Owner Name: Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925)
    Role: Collector
    Disposal Method: Bequest
    Ownership Start Date: Likely ca. 1900
    Ownership End Date: 1925

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