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Archaic Exaleiptron (Perfume Container) Rim Fragment

Second Half of 6th Century BCE

1 5/16 in. x 2 11/16 in. x 1/4 in. (3.3 cm x 6.8 cm x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2011.17.358
Geography: Europe, Greece, Corinth
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Exaleiptra
Collection: Collection of Doreen Canaday Spitzer

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  • 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.
  • exaleiptra - Ancient Greek containers for liquid, perhaps perfume (scented oil), with a very distinctive shape: an oblate spheroid bowl with turned-in rim, short or tall foot, and lid with finial. The lids are rarely preserved. In vase paintings the exaleiptron most often appears in scenes of women bathing or participating in funerary rituals. Other ancient names have sometimes been used in modern times to refer to this vessel shape: kothon, plemochoe, and smematotheke (or smegmatotheke).
  • rim sherds - Fragments of a ceramic or glass vessel from just below the rim.

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