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Alabastron (perfume bottle)

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Two grotesque lions, with elongated necks and small heads, stand opposite each other. Between them two swans, one above the other. In the field, flowers. The necks of all the figures are red. Details incised. Pear shaped, with small neck. Italo-Corinthian style.

Provenance

By 1877: W. S. Bigelow Collection (purchased in Italy and loaned to MFA [loan 116, Big. 22]); gift of W. S. Bigelow to MFA, Jan. 2, 1913

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 447.

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.69

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels