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Perfume vase on stand (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: with H. Burg, 32 St. James Street, London, S.W. 1; purchased by MFA from H. Burg, October 13, 1938 for £ 125

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William Amory Gardiner Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 440–430 B.C.


Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.); diameter (rim): 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World