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Terracotta alabastron (perfume vase) in the form of a woman holding a dove

mid-6th century B.C.
East Greek
H. with plinth 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Small figural vases found great favor in the East Greek world, but the numer and location of the centers of production remain to be identified. The island of Rhodes seems to have been important. The iconography of figural vases has its own traditions. It also has points of contact with that of other media, notably stone sculpture.
The type of young woman holding a bird or other small offering is characteristic of East Greek statuary beginning in the early sixth century B.C. The use of clay allowed the representation to be double-sided.
Alexander, Christine. 1930. "A Recently Acquired Terracotta Statuette." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25(11): pp. 242–44, figs. 1–4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 69, 211, pl. 51c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Ducat, Jean. 1966. Les Vases plastiques rhodiens archaïques en terre cuite. p. 64 n. 37, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 120, p. 163, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pasquier, Alain. 1982. "Deux objets laconiens méconnus au Musée du Louvre." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 106(1). p. 294 n. 42.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 47, pp. 59, 417, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 15, pp. 13, 24, 88-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: p. 2, n. 9, fig. 3.

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