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Terracotta cosmetic vase

Period:
Archaic
Date:
4th quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
East Greek
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/8 x 5 3/16 in. (9.8 x 13.2 cm)
diameter 3 13/16in. (9.8cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.11.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
On one side of the upper frieze of this exquisite vase, a youth holds two winged horses and two youths drive a chariot. Real and imaginary animals circulate on the other frieze areas between carefully drawn geometric patterns. The ram's-head cover may have served as a handle for a cosmetic applicator.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. no. 6, pp. 17, 69, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 25, p. 41, Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 25, p. 41, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 41, pp. 56, 416, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Galitz, Kathryn. 2016. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings. no. 18, pp. 26–27, New York: Skira.

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