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Covered unguent bowl with tall foot (exaleiptron)

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A rare example (only 10 or so known) of the exaleiptron shape of vase, the name derives from the Greek word meaning "to anoint." Also called plemochoe or kothon, used to contain perfumed oil as part of an elite woman's toilet and used also as a grave offering. The sharply inward-curving lip...

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By date unknown: Henry P. Kidder Collection; gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, December 30, 1881

Credit Line

Gift of Henry P. Kidder

Greek, Classical Period, 425–400 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Attica (probably), Greece


Height: 19.7 cm. Diameter: 16.2 cm.

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Medium or Technique

Marble, possibly from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World