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Oil flask (alabastron)

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Three women are drawn in black outline on a prepared white ground. Parts of their garments are colored with golden, dilute glaze. One woman, wearing a necklace and a sakkos, or head covering, holds a piece of fruit, and another holds a flower, while the third plays the castanets and dances. ...

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Inscription

"The boy is handsome" (PAIS KALOS); "Hello" (PROSALORENO) ΠΑΙSΚΑLΟS ΠΡΟSΑΛΟΡΕVΟ

Provenance

By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited by his sister-in-law Mrs. Burt and then by his nephew Major A. H. Browne about 1889; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 366); by 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; February 1900: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 510–500 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Dimensions

Height: 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.358

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, white ground

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels