About This Artwork

Greek; Athens
Attributed to the Diosphos Painter

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil), about 500/480 B.C.

Terra-cotta, black-figure on white ground technique
16.2 x 6 x 6 cm (6 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society, 1907.11

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Display Junior Museum, "This is not a Greek Vase Show," November 1, 1984-January 29, 1986.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Greek Vases - Form and Function," March 3, 1986-October 8, 1986.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151, November 11, 2012 - present.

Publication History

Dietrich von Bothmer, Amazons in Greek Art, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), pp. 107-108 (No. 192) and Plate LXIV (No. 3)

J.D. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, (New York: Hacker Art Book, 1978), p. 510, No. 22.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), I.1, Zurich: Artemis (1981-2009), pp. 633, no. 757.

Froehner, W. Collection van Branteghem. Paris, 1892, no. 156.

P. Badinou, La laine et le parfum: epinetra et alabastres. Forme iconographie et fonction Recherche de céramique attique féminine (Louvain 2003) no. A 24, pl. 44.

E. Hatzivassiliou, “Black-figure Alabastra by the Diosphos and Emporion Painters: Specific Subjects for Specific Uses?”, in A. Tsingarida (ed.), Shapes and Uses of Geek Vases (7th-4th centuries B.C.) (Brussels 2009) 229, fn. 17.

I. Algrain, L’alabastre attique: origine, forme et usages (Brussels 2014) 246, no. DIO 21.

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